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Personal Profile of Dr. Hugo Sonnenschein

Dr. Hugo Sonnenschein
President Emeritus and Professor

Home Page: http://home.uchicago.edu/~hfsonnen
Hugo Sonnenschein is President Emeritus and the Charles L. Hutchinson Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago, where he teaches an undergraduate course in game theory and a graduate course in microeconomic theory. He served as President of the University of Chicago from 1993 to 2000. Previous positions include Provost of Princeton University and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. From 1976 to 1988 he was Professor of Economics at Princeton.

Professor Sonnenschein is an economic theorist, whose most important scholarly work concerns the mathematical structure of market demand functions. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the American Philosophical Society. He has served as President of the Econometric Society, Chairman of the Board of Argonne National Laboratories, Director of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, and Member of the Civic Committee of the City of Chicago.

Sonnenschein is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Rochester and an Honorary Trustee of the University of Chicago. He is a Director of the Van Kampen Mutual Funds and several nonprofit organizations. Sonnenschein is the recipient of honorary doctoral degrees from six colleges and universities, including Tel Aviv University and the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. He earned his PhD in Economics from Purdue University in 1964.

Hugo Sonnenschein is married to Elizabeth “Beth” Gunn Sonnenschein, PhD, a cancer epidemiologist, who has served on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago and New York University School of Medicine. Until recently she was President of the Board of the Chicago Child Care Society. The Sonnenscheins met in 1957 as freshmen at the University of Rochester. They have three daughters and five grandchildren. Beth and Hugo enjoy biking, cross country skiing, and music.
Current/Future Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Board of Trustees Mar 06, 2010 Feb 28, 2022
Committee on Trustees Apr 01, 2020 Mar 31, 2021

Past Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Board of Trustees Jan 03, 2006 Mar 01, 2010
Committee on Trustees Sep 01, 2007 Mar 01, 2009
Committee on Trustees Mar 02, 2009 Mar 01, 2010
Committee on Trustees Jul 29, 2010 Mar 01, 2011
Committee on Trustees Aug 25, 2011 Feb 29, 2012
Committee on Trustees Aug 12, 2013 Feb 28, 2014
Committee on Trustees May 09, 2014 Feb 28, 2015
Committee on Trustees Mar 07, 2015 Mar 31, 2018
Corporate Partners Committee Feb 28, 2008 Feb 28, 2014