Writer Julian L. Simon Dies at 65

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Writer Julian L. Simon Dies at 65


Julian Lincoln Simon, 65, professor of business administration at the University of Maryland, senior fellow at the Cato Institute and occasional columnist for The Washington Times, died of a heart attack Feb. 8 at his Chevy Chase home.

Mr. Simon studied population economics for over 25 years. His forecasts about trends in resource availability, pollution and other effects of additional people have been completely borne out by events.

His books on population economics include "The Ultimate Resource," "Population Matters," "The Resourceful Earth" and "Population and Economic Growth Theory."

In 1980, Mr. Simon bet Stanford University professor Paul Erlich and two associates that the future prices of raw materials would fall. They wagered $1,000 worth of copper, chrome, nickel, tin and tungsten over 10 years. Mr. Simon collected his check in 1990.

On occasion he contributed columns on economics and immigration to The Washington Times' Commentary pages.

Fortune magazine dubbed Mr. Simon one of the "150 Great Minds of the 1990s," and the Washingtonian named him as one of the 25 smartest persons in Washington. Mr. Simon facetiously asked to be transferred to Washingtonian's 25 sexiest list because he didn't believe "smart" was a useful idea. …

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