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Biographical / Historical
Economist Ervin K. Zingler was born in Wisconsin in 1913. He graduated B.A., Summa Cum Laude, from Lawrence University in 1935, M.A. University of Illinois 1936, Ph. D. University of Illinois 1938. He taught in many schools, including University of Cape Town, South Africa, University of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt University, New York University, University of Illinois and University of Houston. He also served in the government as Chief Economist, 1944-1953.
Zingler was posthumously honored by a professorship being named for him at Rice University, known as the
Ervin K. Zingler Professor of Economics and Professor of Management, Jones Graduate School of Management, Rice University. The Zingler Chair was established by Gilberta Zingler, former assistant librarian for resources at Rice's Fondren Library, to honor her late husband, who was a professor of economics at the University of Houston. In Spring 1988, the Rice Board of Governors approved the appointment of Malcolm Gillis as the first Ervin Kenneth Zingler Professor of Economics.