Ph.D., Mathematics, Princeton University, 1954
M.A., Princeton University, 1952
A.B., Temple University
Professor Scarf has been a member of the Yale faculty since 1963. His research interests are in mathematical economics, cooperative game theory, applied general equilibrium analysis, and indivisibilities in production. Professor Scarf began his career at the Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, California, and was on the faculty of Stanford University before coming to Yale. He was president of the Econometric Society in 1983. Professor Scarf has served as director of the Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, and director of the Division of Social Sciences at Yale. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the American Philosophical Society, and a distinguished fellow of the American Economic Association.
Herbert Eli Scarf was born in Philadelphia on July 25, 1930, the son of Louis Scarf and the former Lene Elkman, Jewish immigrants from Ukraine and Russia, respectively.
He went on to enroll at Temple, receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1951. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in mathematics from Princeton University.
In 1953 he married Margaret Klein, whom he had met at Temple, and who became a best-selling author of books popularizing behavioral science, among them “Unfinished Business” and “Intimate Partners.”
In addition to his wife, known as Maggie, and his daughter Martha, he is survived by two other daughters, Elizabeth Stone and Susan Merrell, and eight grandchildren. (His daughter Martha married Paul R. Samuelson, a son of Paul A. Samuelson, the Nobel laureate in economics.)more » « less