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Shavell named Samuel R. Rosenthal Professor of Law

Harvard Law School’s Steven Shavell has been named the Samuel R. Rosenthal Professor of Law. The professorship honors the late Samuel R. Rosenthal ’24, an estate and probate attorney, philanthropist, and rare-book collector. The chair was endowed in 1991.

Shavell joined the Harvard Law faculty in 1980, having served on the faculty of the Department of Economics at the University since 1974. He received two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Michigan (in mathematics and economics), and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Shavell’s research centers on the intersection of law and economics. He is president-elect of the American Law and Economics Association and is the director of the Law School’s John M. Olin Center for Law, Economics, and Business, and also of the Law and Economics Program of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Dibner Fund honors Cohen

I. Bernard Cohen, Victor S. Thomas Professor of the History of Science, Emeritus, has been honored in a gift to Cambridge University from the Dibner Fund. The $250,000 gift is to help Cambridge University acquire the Macclesfield collection of Issac Newton manuscripts, an important scholarly resource that has not been available to scholars. In making this donation, the Dibner Fund “proudly honors the eminent Newton scholar and Harvard professor Emeritus, I. Bernard Cohen.”