Yesterday (19 Nov 2013), America’s nine new Nobel laureates and their spouses met briefly with President Barack Obama in the White House. Lars Peter Hansen and his spouse, Grace Tsiang, were in attendance. Lars is receiving the Nobel Prize for economics.
At the meeting in the White House, the President was joined by OSTP (Office of Science and Technology Policy) Director John P. Holdren, Chairman of the Council for Economic Advisers (CEA) Jason Furman, Ambassador Bjorn Lyrvall of Sweden, and Ambassador Kare Aas of Norway.
According to a White House news release:
The American prize winners have illuminated scientists’ understanding of how cells operate in the brain; enabled the simulation and modeling of complex sub-atomic-scale chemical reactions; and reshaped the way economists understand market prices and “bubbles.”
The last item on the list is Lars’ contribution. My brother reports that he was not solicited for advice on how to manage the economy.
Following their meeting with President Obama, the laureates and distinguished guests were welcomed to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building for a congratulatory reception hosted by CEA and OSTP. My son Chad, who lives with his family in the Washington DC area, attended the reception.
That night Lars, Grace, and Lars’ nephews and nieces attended a reception at the Swedish Embassy. Chad reports:
The embassy thing was pretty cool. Each of the nine winners said a few words, then they had a question and answer session. Lars mentioned his high school days and Utah State University. His cohort from Chicago (Fama) made some waves at one point. Lars though stayed out of the controversial stuff.
The next morning, the Hansen DC clan got together for breakfast. The group included my son (Lars’ nephew), daughter-in-law, and 5 grandchildren.