Samuelson, Paul. (1915–2009)
"My research program has suffered to such an extent that I find I must refuse outside engagements." - Typed Letter Signed
TLS from the American economist to Professor Irma Antonetto of the Associazione Culturale Italiana, declining an invitation to speak. January 25, 1971; 1 pp., airmail letter. In full, "Dear Professor Antonetto: / Many thanks for your warm invitation of January 16 to come to Italy for the Associazione Culturale Italiana between November 1971 and April 1972. / Unfortunately I must decline this invitation. Recent events have made serious inroads into my time, and my research program has suffered to such an extent that I find I must refuse outside engagements. Thus it will be impossible for me to come to Italy either this year or in 1972. / Please accept my regrets and convey them to your associates. / Sincerely Yours, / [Signature] / Paul A. Samuelson." Three holes to left margin, else fine. 7.5 x 11 inches (19 x 27.9 cm.).
Paul Samuelson was the first American to win the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. He served as an advisor to Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, and for a period of time wrote a weekly column with fellow economist Milton Friedman for Newsweek.
Irma Antonetto (1920-1993), was founder and director of the Associazione Culturale Italiana [Association of Italian Culture] for 46 years, during which time she brought some 400 philosophers, writers, scientists, artists, and Nobel winners to lecture in Italy. She was recipient of the 1964 Cavaliere al merito della Repubblica italiana.
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