Salem, OR

3 Famous People From Salem, Oregon

Matt Lillywhite
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Salem is a really awesome place to live. And you don't need to be a genius to recognize that. After all, there's so many incredible things to do and some incredible scenery around the state of Oregon.

In my opinion, it's one of the greatest places in the country to live. And clearly, I'm not the only one who thinks that. Here's a list of several famous people who have called Salem home:

Jeffrey Currie

Jeff Curie is a Goldman Sachs economist who entered the firm in 1996 and rose through the ranks to become Managing Director in 2002, Global Head of Commodities Research in 2006, and a partner in 2008. Currie was the European co-head of Economics, Commodities, and Strategy Research from 2010 to 2012. During the 2000s, he gained fame by correctly predicting the energy super-cycle and oil prices exceeding $100 a barrel.

Currie reported in a November 2017 interview with Bloomberg that Bitcoin can be considered a commodity with certain parallels to gold. He also appears on Sky News, Bloomberg, and CNBC as a frequent analyst on energy prices and cryptocurrencies.

The Daily Telegraph referred to Currie as the "world's most followed oil guru" in November 2020, reporting on his beliefs on a modern commodity supercycle.

Harold Benjamin Fiske

Harold Benjamin Fiske, a major general in the United States Army, was a highly decorated soldier. He distinguished himself during the Philippine–American War at the turn of the twentieth century and later as Chief, Training Section (G-5) of the American Expeditionary Force during World War I.

Harold stayed in the Army after the war and retired in 1935 as a major general and commanding general of the Panama Canal Department.

Gerald Pearson

Gerald L. Pearson graduated from Willamette University with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics and Stanford University with a master's degree in physics. He worked as a research physicist at Bell Labs starting in 1929, and his early work on temperature-sensitive resistors resulted in 13 thermistors patents.

At Bell Labs, he worked on silicon rectifiers, which contributed to the invention of the solar cell. He was elected to the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2008.

Salem is a lovely city that has produced countless amounts of famous people who have impacted the world in a meaningful way. Let's hope that in the future, Salem can continue being absolutely incredible.

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