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Davis, Lance Edwin (Economist)



  • Existence: 1928 - 2014


Background: Became Caltech Professor of Economics in 1968. Davis became the Harkness Professor of Social Science in 1980 and served as executive officer for the social sciences from 1982 to 1985. He retired in 2005.


Description: Lance E. Davis was born in Seattle and attended the University of Washington, where he received a BA in economics. He completed his PhD in economics at Johns Hopkins in 1956, after serving in the navy during the Korean War. He taught at Purdue University from 1955 to 1968, when he arrived at Caltech, where he stayed for the remainder of his career. His principle work had been the study of financial institutions.


Collection Notes: Oral history, 1998. A 44-page interview with Shirley Cohen. Covers biographical material and also the creation of a unique social science program at Caltech.

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Air Talk with Lance Davis and Leon Silver, 1989-02-15

Scope and Contents From the Collection: The collection is divided according to the recording type: audio and video then ordered chronologically. Each recording includes an interview with either Caltech faculty, administrators, staff, students, alumni, JPL scientists or administrators. It also includes features such as Caltech Almanac -a detailed look at some of the many interesting people, places and discoveries in Caltech’s history-, Caltech Calendar -a listing of upcoming public events on campus- and Caltech in the News....
Dates: 1989-02-15

Airtalk: The Caltech Edition

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1989-00126

British Colonialism: Profit Or Loss?

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1986-00144

Visions Of A Sustainable World--Session 3

 Unprocessed Material
Identifier: 1991-00044

Additional filters:

Unprocessed Material 3
Archival Object 3
AirTalk 2
Humanities 2
Alumni Day 1
Economics 1
Geology 1
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Seminar 1
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