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No Ordinary WomanThe Life of Edith Penrose$
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Angela Penrose

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198753940

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198753940.001.0001

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Back to the USA

Back to the USA

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No Ordinary Woman

Angela Penrose

Oxford University Press

Edith and E. F. Penrose returned to the USA in 1946 to serve Winant, now the US representative on the UN Economic and Social Council during the first sessions of the United Nations in New York. Edith supported Eleanor Roosevelt as chair of the Commission for Human Rights in drawing up the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As tensions rose between the Soviet Union and the USA Winant resigned. Penrose moved to the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton to write Economic Planning for the Peace before becoming professor of Geography and International Relations at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where Edith took an MA and PhD on economic aspects of patents under Fritz Machlup. Edith’s son David rejoined the family and Edith had another son, Perran. In the autumn of 1947 Edith and her husband were shaken by Winant’s suicide followed by the death of their son, Trevan.

Keywords:   UN Economic and Social Council, Lake Success, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Eleanor Roosevelt, Winant’s suicide, Fritz Machlup, Johns Hopkins University, patent

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