Thomas K. McCraw
Thomas Kincaid McCraw (September 11, 1940 – November 3, 2012) was an American business historian and Isidor Straus Professor of Business History, Emeritus at Harvard Business School. He won the Pulitzer Prize for History for Prophets of Regulation: Charles Francis Adams, Louis D. Brandeis, James M. Landis, Alfred E. Kahn.
McCraw was born at Corinth, Mississippi. He graduated from the University of Mississippi with a BA degree in 1962. He was an officer of the United States Navy from 1962–66. He went to the University of Wisconsin–Madison for his graduate studies in 1966, and completed a PhD degree in 1970. He worked as a teaching assistant at the University of Wisconsin from 1967–1969.
He was Assistant Professor of History (1970–74) and Associate Professor of History (1974–78) at the University of Texas at Austin, before joining Harvard University's Harvard Business School in 1978.
Throughout his academic career, he served in various positions. He was a Director of Research at HBS from 1984–86. He also served as a member of the Council of the Massachusetts Historical Society, and the advisory board of the Nomura School of Advanced Management in Tokyo, Japan.
He married Susan Morehead in 1962; they went on to have three children.
McCraw died November 2, 2012 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Publications and prizes
McCraw wrote a number of books on business and business history. His works include Morgan versus Lilienthal: The Feud within the TVA (1970), Prophets of Regulation: Charles Francis Adams, Louis D. Brandeis, James M. Landis, Alfred E. Kahn (1984), The Essential Alfred Chandler: Essays Towards a Historical Theory of Business (Alfred D. Chandler, Jr. and Richard S. Tedlow; 1988), Creating Modern Capitalism: How Entrepreneurs, Companies, and Countries Triumphed in Three Industrial Revolutions (1997), The Intellectual Venture Capitalist: John H. McArthur and the Work of the Harvard Business School (1999), American Business, 1920-2000: How It Worked (2000), and Prophet of Innovation: Joseph Schumpeter and Creative Destruction (2007). The Founders and Finance: How Hamilton, Gallatin, and Other Immigrants Forged a New Economy (2012)
In 1985 he won the Pulitzer Prize for History for Prophets of Regulation: Charles Francis Adams, Luis D. Brandeis, James M. Landis, Alfred E. Kahn. The book also won the Thomas Newcomen Award for him in 1986.
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