Silva Herzog, Jesús (1892–1985)

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Silva Herzog, Jesús (1892–1985)

Jesús Silva Herzog (b. 14 November 1892; d. 14 March 1985), leading Mexican economist, author, intellectual, and public figure. Born in San Luis Potosí, he was the son of a German immigrant mother and Mexican engineer. Silva Herzog began his career as a teacher at the National Teachers School in 1919 and rose to prominence in the Secretariat of Education. After serving as ambassador to the Soviet Union, he managed Pemex, the national petroleum concern, for Lázaro Cárdenas in 1939. He served many years as a professor of economics at the National University, where he trained many disciples, and founded and directed Cuadernos Americanos, a leading interdisciplinary, intellectual journal. A recipient of the National Prize in Arts and Sciences (1962), Silva Herzog died in Mexico City.

See alsoPetróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) .


Jesús Silva Herzog, Una vida en la vida de México (1972) and Mis últimas andanzas, 1947–1972 (1973).

Additional Bibliography

Babb, Sarah L. Managing Mexico: Economists from Nationalism to Neoliberalism. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2001.

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