from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Myrdal, Alva 1902-1986. Swedish sociologist and diplomat. She shared the 1982 Nobel Peace Prize for her role in the United Nations nuclear disarmament negotiations.
  • Myrdal, (Karl) Gunnar 1898-1987. Swedish economist. He shared a 1974 Nobel Prize for work on the theory of optimum allocation of resources.

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  • n. Swedish economist (1898-1987)


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  • Gunnar Myrdal is married to the former Alva Reimer who held high posts in the United Nations and UNESCO, was the Swedish Ambassador to India and became Sweden's Minister of Disarmament and of Church.

    Gunnar Myrdal - Biography

  • Professor Myrdal is recipient of more than thirty honorary degrees beginning with Harvard University in 1938, where he gave the Godkin Lectures that year.

    Gunnar Myrdal - Biography

  • Alva Myrdal is hardly an exception to this rule: but on one point all will agree - her name has become a rallying point for men and women who still cling to the belief that in the last resort, mind is bound to triumph over matter.

    The Nobel Peace Prize 1982 - Presentation Speech

  • It went "against the stream," in a phrase Myrdal used, in three ways.

    Edmund S. Phelps - Autobiography

  • It did not matter if the economists were welfare Keynesians such as Myrdal, Robinson and Galbraith or free-marketeers such as Marshall, Friedman and the Institute for Economic Affairs.

    Simon Jenkins: Where Are the Economists?

  • During this time, a Swedish social scientist named Gunnar Myrdal was traveling through the ghettoes of American cities conducting field research for a study that would solve the American race problem once and for all.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Sounding very much like the abolitionists who argued that slavery created sloth, Myrdal maintained that integration and assimilation were required for the efficient working of America:

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • To Myrdal, the most debilitating of these pathologies were an antiwork ethic, hostility toward whites, sexual deviancy, and what he called the “instability of the Negro family.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Wu: Between 1988 and 1998, Chinese economists carried out in-depth discussions on rising corruption during the transition period, and proposed a response that would eliminate the institutional basis for corruption and prevent China from becoming part of what Gunnar Myrdal has called the "Asian drama."

    Fast-Track China Is on the Wrong Path

  • During the Cold War there were a mix of female recipients, including anti-nuclear activist Alva Myrdal, Northern Ireland peace activists Betty Williams and Mairead Corrigan, and most famously, servant to the poor Mother Teresa.

    Roger Alford: Women Activists in Africa and Middle East Win Nobel Peace Prize


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