Edwin G. Nourse, Ph.D. (1883-1974)
Dr. Edwin Nourse was first chairman of the Council of Economic
Advisors to the President in the 1940s. A student of farmer cooperatives since
his teaching days at Iowa State College, he became known as spokesman for the
need for cooperatives to reflect the needs of informed members. At Brookings
Institution he studied cooperatives within the framework of legal institutions.
His publication, The Legal Status of Agricultural Cooperatives, brought
national attention to cooperative business methods. He played a large part in
the development of the American Institute of Cooperation. In 1968, the AIC created
its Nourse Award in recognition of his leadership.