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John Virgil Lintner, Jr. (February 9, 1916 - June 8, 1983) was a professor at the Harvard Business School in the 1960s and one of the co-creators (1965a,b) of the Capital Asset Pricing Model.

For a time, much confusion was created because the various economists working on this model independently failed to realize that they were saying much the same thing. They looked at the issue of capital asset valuation from different perspectives. William Sharpe, for example, approached the problem as an individual investor picking stocks. Lintner, on the other hand, approached it from the perspective of a corporation issuing shares of stock.

Lintner earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas in 1939. He arrived at Harvard from graduate study the next year. He quickly impressed the faculty, and in 1942 became a member of the Society of Fellows, a three-year paid fellowship with no duties except self-directed research.


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