1913 – Born in New York City. The Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs Emeritus at the Kennedy School of Government.
1933 – Vernon studied at the College of the City of New York, where he received his B.A. cum laude.
1941 – He earned a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University.
1956 – Vernon received an offer from the dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Public Administration to head that School’s New York Metropolitan Region Study.
1959 – Vernon joined the Harvard Faculty.
1965 – Directed the Multinational Enterprise Project at the Harvard Business School. Set up to study the operations of United States and foreign-based multinational enterprises, Vernon’s team looked at these organizations in terms of finance, organization, production, marketing, and business-government relations.
1973-1991 – Vernon was the author of numerous books and articles, among them, Sovereignty at Bay, Big Business and the State: Changing Relations in Western Europe; Storm Over the Multinationals: The Real Issues; Two Hungry Giants: The United States and Japan in the Quest for Oil and Ores; Beyond Globalism: Remaking American Foreign Economic Policy; and Iron Triangles and Revolving Doors.
1999 – Died on August 26th at the age of 85.