Roger Backhouse
Professor, History and Philosophy of Economics, University of Birmingham

Roger Backhouse is professor of the history and philosophy of economics at the University of Birmingham in the UK and at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. He is the author of Founder of Modern Economics: Paul A Samuelson, Volume I: Becoming Samuelson, 1915-1948 (2017).

Written by Roger Backhouse

Samuelson explained economic theory to the postwar American public. Photo by retrofile/Getty

Essay/
Economics
The people’s economist

Paul Samuelson’s mathematical brilliance changed economics, but it was his popular touch that made him a household name

Roger Backhouse