William Alonso

Economist, Award Winner

1933 – 1999


Who was William Alonso?

William Alonso was an Argentinian-born American planner and economist.

He was born in Buenos Aires but moved to the United States in 1946 during the PerĂ³n regime with his father Amado Alonso, a leading Spanish philologist, who was then appointed at Harvard. He obtained and began his career with a bachelor's degree in architectural science from Harvard in 1954. He also received a master's degree in city planning from Harvard University's Graduate School of Public Administration in 1956. In 1960 he received a doctorate in regional science from the University of Pennsylvania.

From 1960 to 1961 Alonso worked as director and professor in the Department of Regional and Urban Planning at the Bandung Institute of Technology in Indonesia. He then served as a visiting professor at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in 1962 before coming to Harvard as the acting director of the Center of Urban Studies from 1963 to 1965. Alonso also worked at Yale University, the University of California at Berkeley, and Stanford University.

In 1976 Alonso became Director of the Center for Population Studies of Harvard University.

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Jan 29, 1933
Buenos Aires
  • Argentina
  • Master's Degree, Harvard University
    Urban planning
    ( - 1956)
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania
    Regional science
    ( - 1960)
  • Harvard University
Lived in
  • Massachusetts
    (1976 - 1999/02/11)
Feb 11, 1999

on July 23, 2013


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