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Richard N. Cooper
Chair of the National Intelligence Council
In office
June 1, 1995 – January 1997
PresidentBill Clinton
Preceded byChristine Williams
Succeeded byJohn C. Gannon
Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs
In office
April 8, 1977 – January 19, 1981
PresidentJimmy Carter
Preceded byWilliam D. Rogers
Succeeded byMyer Rashish
Acting Secretary of State
In office
May 3, 1980 – May 3, 1980
PresidentJimmy Carter
Preceded byDavid D. Newsom
Succeeded byDavid D. Newsom
Personal details
Born(1934-06-14)June 14, 1934
DiedDecember 23, 2020(2020-12-23) (aged 86)
Alma materOberlin College
London School of Economics
Harvard University

Richard Newell Cooper (June 14, 1934 – December 23, 2020)[1][2][3] was an American economist, policy adviser, and academic.

Born in Seattle,[3] 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.[4] Cooper briefly served as acting Secretary of State under President Jimmy Carter for a few hours on 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.


  1. ^ Gaster, Adrian (23 July 1977). The International Authors and Writers Who's who. International Biographical Centre. ISBN 9780900332456 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Frankel, Jeffrey (December 24, 2020). "Remembering Richard Cooper". Jeffrey Frankel's Blog. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Aggarwal-Schifellite, Manisha (January 7, 2021). "Richard Cooper, cutting-edge economist, dies at 86". The Harvard Gazette. Retrieved January 10, 2021.
  4. ^ Paul, Sarah (2 December 1980). "Undersecretary of State Cooper To Occupy Joint CFIA Chair". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 24 March 2010.
Political offices Preceded byWilliam D. Rogers Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs 1977–1981 Succeeded byMyer Rashish Government offices Preceded byChristine Williams Chair of the National Intelligence Council 1995–1997 Succeeded byJohn C. Gannon