Robert Fogel becomes a fellow of the Econometric Society

Robert Fogel becomes assistant professor at the University of Rochester.

Robert Fogel is elected the Indispensable Person of the Year in Health Research, by the Alliance for Aging Research.

Robert Fogel publishes, with Stanley Engerman, the controversial “Time on the Cross: The Economics of American Negro Slavery”. The main thesis defends that it was only for ethical factors that slavery was abolished in the US, since, economically, it was viable before the Civil War.

Robert Fogel receives the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, with Douglass North.

Robert Fogel joins the University of Chicago.

Robert Fogel becomes a research associate under the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, MA.

Robert Fogel gains a PhD at John Hopkins University, under the supervision of Simon Kuznets. There, Fogel develops two research lines for future work: first, the impact of key scientific and technological innovations, key governmental policies, and key environmental and institutional changes on the course of economic growth; second, the wider use of the mathematical models and statistical methods of economics in studying complex, long-term processes that were the focus of economic historians

Robert Fogel joins the Harvard University staff.

Robert Fogel dies in Oak Lawn, aged 86 years old.

Robert Fogel obtains a Bachelor degree at Cornell University, where his interests shift from physics and chemistry to economics and history. Fogel attributes this change to the pessimism characteristic of the generation facing unemployment during the Great Depression. At this time, Fogel also becomes the president of the campus branch of American Youth for Democracy.

Robert Fogel joins the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Robert Fogel is born in New York, the second son of a couple of Jewish Russian migrants from Odessa.

Robert Fogel finishes high school in one of New York’s public schools, Stuyvesant, where he becomes interested in science, literature, and history.

Robert Fogel becomes a professional organizer of the Communist Party. He will later reject Communism as unscientific.

Robert Fogel becomes a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Robert Fogel publishes “Railroads and American Economic Growth: Essays in Econometric History”, based on his PhD dissertation.

Robert Fogel marries Enid Cassandra Morgan, with whom he has two children. Enid is an African-American woman and the couple suffers several difficulties thanks to the laws anti-miscegenation of the time.

Robert Fogel becomes president, American Economic Association.

Robert Fogel obtains a Master degree at Columbia University. Here he is influenced mostly by George J. Stigler, who taught microeconomics sequence, and Carter Goodrich, who taught sequence in American economic history. Goodrich becomes Fogel’s advisor for the Master thesis on the Union Pacific Railroad.

Robert Fogel returns to the University of Chicago, where he becomes the Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of American Institutions and Director of the Center for Population Economics.