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William A. Paton
Born July 19, 1889(1889-07-19)
near Calumet, Michigan, USA
Died April 26, 1991 (aged 101)
Residence USA
Nationality American
Fields Accounting

William Andrew Paton (July 19, 1889 - April 26, 1991 was a founder of the American Accounting Association in 1916, and was founder and first editor of its flagship journal The Accounting Review.

He published more than 150 articles and numerous books, on his own or with co-authors, including:

  • Principles of Accounting, in 1918
  • Accounting Theory, in 1922
  • Essentials of Accounting in 1938
  • Advanced Accounting, in 1941

He received the AICPA's Gold Medal Award in 1944 and was inducted into the Accounting Hall of Fame in its first year, 1950.

He was the recipient of a one-time prize of being honored as the Outstanding Educator of the Century by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, at the AICPA's 100th annual meeting in 1987. He died at the age of 101 in 1991.



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