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Richard N. Cooper

Richard Newell Cooper (born June 14, 1934)[1] is an American economist, policy adviser, and academic.

Richard N. Cooper
Chair of the National Intelligence Council
In office
June 1, 1995 – January 1997
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Christine Williams
Succeeded by John C. Gannon
Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs
In office
April 8, 1977 – January 19, 1981
President Jimmy Carter
Preceded by William D. Rogers
Succeeded by Myer Rashish
Acting Secretary of State
In office
May 3, 1980 – May 3, 1980
President Jimmy Carter
Preceded by David D. Newsom
Succeeded by David D. Newsom
Personal details
Born (1934-06-14) June 14, 1934 (age 84)
Alma mater Oberlin College
London School of Economics
Harvard University

Cooper graduated from Oberlin College in 1956 and received a master's degree in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science as a Marshall Scholar in 1958. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1962.

Cooper was an assistant professor at Yale University from 1963 to 1966 and was Frank Altschul Professor of International Economics from 1966 to 1977. From 1972 to 1974 he served as provost.

Cooper served on the Council of Economic Advisers from 1961 to 1963 as the senior staff economist. Between 1965 and 1966, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Monetary Affairs in the United States Department of State, and between 1977 and 1981 he was the Under-Secretary of State for Economic Affairs.[2] Cooper was acting Secretary of State under President Jimmy Carter for few Hours in one day (May 3, 1980).

In 1981, Cooper became Maurits C. Boas Professor of International Economics at Harvard University.

From 1990 to 1992, Cooper was the chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Between 1995 and 1997, he was the chairman of the National Intelligence Council.


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  2. ^ Paul, Sarah (2 December 1980). "Undersecretary of State Cooper To Occupy Joint CFIA Chair". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 24 March 2010. 
Political offices
Preceded by
William D. Rogers
Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs
Succeeded by
Myer Rashish
Government offices
Preceded by
Christine Williams
Chair of the National Intelligence Council
Succeeded by
John C. Gannon