Benjamin Graham, the Father of Financial Analysis by Irving Kahn

By Irving Kahn

An unofficial biography on Benjamin Graham by way of Irving Kahn, CFA, and Robert D. Milne, CFA.

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His speed of thought was so great that most people were puzzled at how he could resolve a complicated question directly after having heard it. His mental training came from his rigorous study of mathematics, particularly geometry, which required close and exact reasoning before accepting or rejecting either a premise or a conclusion. He had another extraordinary characteristic in the breadth and depth of his memory. This explains why he could read Greek, Latin, Spanish and German. Even more remarkable, without having studied Spanish formally, he was able to translate a Spanish novel into literary English so professionally that it was accepted by an American publisher.

Mr. Graham had better stick to one thing or the other-or find himself a new hobby. The play ran for only four performances and its second try, under the title "True to the Marines," was not successful. BUILDING A PROFESSION Over the 50-year period from the start of his teaching career at Columbia and continuing up until his death, Ben devoted most of his waking hours to the education of the "new generation of security analysts" to whom his text was dedicated. Finance students throughout the nation had to absorb the Benjamin Graham approach during their university years and, after entering the investment world, they reread the "Bible" of Graham & Dodd to renew their analytical fundamentals during periods of adversity.

32 AN HOUR WITH MR. GRAHAM by Hartman L. A. La Jolla, California March 6, 1976 lIB: Mr. Graham, I do appreciate so much being able to come and visit with you this afternoon. When Bob Milne learned that Mrs. Butler and I would be in La Jolla, he suggested that I not only visit with you but also bring along my cassette tape recorder. We have much I would like to cover. First, could we start with a topical question-Government Employees Insurance Company-with GEICO being very much in the headlines.

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