In Memory of
Jerry Stein
11/14/28 - 2/7/13
Visiting Professor (Research)
Division of Applied Mathematics
Professor Emeritus of Economics
Eastman Professor of Political Economy


It is with sadness and regret that we inform you of the passing of Emeritus Professor Jerome Stein on Thursday, February 7, 2013.

Professor Stein was born in New York City on November 14, 1928, and educated at Brooklyn College. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1955 and Docteur Honoris Causa from the Universite de la Mediterranee, Aix-Marseille II in 1997. His entire academic career was spent at Brown, where he joined the Department of Economics in 1953. Although he formally retired as Eastman Professor of Economics in 1993 he
continued scholarly work in the Division of Applied Mathematics. In a long and distinguished career, he served on editorial boards of several prestigious economics journals, published over a dozen books and authored over a hundred scholarly articles. His research made significant contributions across diverse fields including monetary and fiscal policy, economic growth, applications of stochastic optimal control to international finance and debt crises, and policies for natural hazard mitigation.

In the last year of his life he completed and published an important monograph "Stochastic Optimal Control and the U.S. Financial Debt Crisis" (Springer 2012) and finished the manuscript of an interdisciplinary study "Playing Against Nature: integrating geoscience and economics in natural hazard mitigation" described in a recent article in the Brown Daily Herald, in the American Geophysical Union and also in the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

His colleagues and students will remember him as a committed scholar, an inspiring mentor and a trusted friend. An annual award is being set up in his memory to recognize an undergraduate for excellence in terdisciplinary applications of applied mathematics.  Contributions can be sent to

Prof. Björn Sandstede
Chair, Division of Applied Mathematics
Brown University
182 George Street
Providence, RI 02912, USA

payable to Brown University, with a note saying that it is in memory of Jerome Stein.

Jerry’s webpage can be visited at: