Prof. Thorwald Nicolaus Tideman was born on the 11th August 1943 in Chicago, Illinois.
He first studied at Reed College and received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics in 1965. Then, in 1969, he went on to study at the University of Chicago, earning his PhD in Economics. From 1969-1973, Tideman was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Harvard University. However, during this time, he was simultaneously a Senior Staff Economist for the President’s Council of Economic Advisors.