Frederic Pryor

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Frederic L. Pryor
Occupation Microeconomist

Frederic L. Pryor (born 1933) is a Senior Research Scholar of Economics at Swarthmore College. He is best known for his subsidiary role in a Cold War spy swap.

Cold War incident[edit]

In August, 1961, Pryor was arrested and held without charge by the East German police. He had been taking graduate courses in East European studies at the Free University of West Berlin since 1959.

On February 10, 1962, Pryor was freed at Checkpoint Charlie just before American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers was swapped for Soviet KGB Colonel Vilyam Genrikhovich Fisher (aka Rudolf Ivanovich Abel) at the Glienicke Bridge between West Berlin and Potsdam, East Germany.[1][2]

Soviet spy Fisher had been arrested in 1957 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the famous Hollow Nickel Case and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Academic history[edit]

  • B.A. Chemistry, 1955, Oberlin College
  • M.A., Economics, 1957, Yale University
  • Ph.D., Economics, 1962, Yale University with courses at the Free University of West Berlin, 1959–1961



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