IU Professor And Nobel Prize Recipient Elinor Ostrom Dies

Elinor Ostrom died of cancer Tuesday at IU Hospital.

Elinor Ostrom

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Elinor Ostrom (left) speaks with IU President Michael McRobbie.

Indiana University professor and Nobel Prize recipient Elinor Ostrom has died. Ostrom, 78, died of cancer at 6:40 a.m. Tuesday at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

“Indiana University has lost an irreplaceable and magnificent treasure with the passing of Elinor Ostrom,” IU President Michael A. McRobbie said in a statement. “Throughout her lifetime, Lin has brought distinction to the university though her groundbreaking work.”

Ostrom was senior research director of the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Distinguished Professor and Arthur F. Bentley Professor of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, and professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

In 2009, Ostrom received the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for her research on the ways that people organize themselves to manage resources. She was the first and to date the only woman to be awarded the economics prize.

In April 2012, she was named to the Time 100, Time magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

For more on Elinor Ostrom’s legacy and how people remember her, visit our Remembering Elinor Ostrom page.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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