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Martin Anderson is an economist, policy analyst, author and was one of President Ronald Reagan's leading advisors. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, August 5, 1936 He received his A.B. (summa cum laude) from Dartmouth College in 1957, his M.S. in engineering and business administration at Thayer School of Engineering and Tuck School of Business Administration, 1958, and he earned the first Ph.D. in industrial management ever granted by a college or university in 1962 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

From 1961 to 1962, he was a research fellow at the Joint Center for Urban Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, and from 1962 to 1965 was assistant professor of finance at the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, and associate professor from 1965 to 1968. At age 28, he was one of the youngest teachers to receive tenure in Columbia's history.

An admirer of the controversial novelist Ayn Rand, Anderson became personally acquainted with Rand and her circle in the 1960s, and he attended courses at the Nathaniel Branden Institute.

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