Paul Samuelson was the first American (and the first Jew) to win the Nobel in Economics, in 1970. The Nobel Committee said that he "has done more than any other contemporary economist to raise the level of scientific analysis in economic theory".
Samuelson basically founded neo-Keynesian economics. He became a professor at MIT at the age of 25. He advised JFK and LBJ. He has been called the "father of modern economics" and the "foremost academic economist of the 20th century".
Samuelson literally wrote the textbook on economics. Entitled... well, "Economics", it has been continuously published (with revisions) since 1948.
In 1961, Samuelson predicted that the Soviet Union will bypass the United States in GNP by the 1990s.
Nobody is perfect?