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Robert Jarrow

Robert Jarrow is the Ronald P. and Susan E. Lynch Professor of Investment Management at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University, a managing director of Kamakura Corporation, and a cofounder of WOTN (a CMBS Software company).

He graduated magna cum laude from Duke University in 1974 with a major in mathematics, received an MBA from Dartmouth College in 1976 with highest distinction, and in 1979 he obtained a PhD in finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under Robert Merton. Professor Jarrow is a co-creator of the Heath-Jarrow-Morton model for pricing interest rate derivatives, a co-creator of the reduced form credit risk models employed for pricing credit derivatives, and the creator of the forward price martingale measure. These tools and models are now the standards utilized for pricing and hedging in major investment and commercial banks.

He has been the recipient of numerous prizes and awards including the CBOE Pomerance Prize for Excellence in the Area of Options Research, the Graham and Dodd Scrolls Award, and the 1997 IAFE/SunGard Financial Engineer of the Year Award. He currently serves as the managing editor of Mathematical Finance – a journal he co-started in 1989. He is also an associate or advisory editor for numerous other journals and serves on the board of directors of several firms and professional societies. He is currently both an IAFE senior fellow and a FDIC senior fellow. He is included in Risk Magazine’s 50 member Hall of Fame. His publications include four books: Options Pricing, Finance Theory, Modeling Fixed Income Securities and Interest Rate Options (second edition) Derivative Securities (second edition), as well as over 100 publications in leading finance and economic journals.

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