For a time, much confusion was created because the various economists working on this model independently failed to realize that they were saying much the same thing. They looked at the issue of capital asset valuation from different perspectives. William Sharpe, for example, approached the problem as an individual investor picking stocks. Lintner, on the other hand, approached it from the perspective of a corporation issuing shares of stock.
Lintner earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas in 1939. He arrived at Harvard for graduate study the next year. He quickly impressed the faculty, and in 1942 became a member of the Society of Fellows, a three-year paid fellowship with no duties except self-directed research.
John Lintner was born to John Virgil and Pearl Lintner in Lone Elm, KS on February 9, 1916. From his first marriage to Sylvia Change, he had two children, John Howland and Nancy Chance. From his second marriage to Eleanor Hodges, he had a stepson, Allan Hodges. He died of a heart attack while driving on June 8, 1983 in Cambridge, MA.
He received an A.B., in 1939 and a M.A., in 1940 from the University of Kansas; a M.A., in 1942; and Ph.D., in 1946 from Harvard University.
1939-40 - Instructor, Business Administration, University of Kansas, Lawrence
1941 - Member of Research Staff on fiscal policy, National Bureau of Economic Research, New York
1946-51 - Assistant Professor, Harvard University, Graduate School of Business Administration
1951-56 - Associate Professor, Harvard University, Graduate School of Business Administration
1956-64 - Professor of Business Administration, Harvard University
1964-83 - George Gund Professor of Economics and Business Administration, Harvard University
1950-83 - Member of Board of trustees, Cambridge Savings Bank
1975-83 - Board of director, US & Foreign securities corp, Chase of Boston Mutual Funds
Effect of federal taxes on growing enterprises, J. Keith Butters and John Lintner, 1945, Division of Research, Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University 
Mutual Savings Banks in the Savings and Mortgage Markets, John Lintner, Jan 1, 1948, Harvard university 
Corporate profits in perspective (National Economic Problems), John Lintner, 1949, American Enterprise Assn.
Effects of taxation: Corporate Mergers, J. Keith Butters, John Lintner, William Lucius Carey, 1952, Division of Research, Harvard University 
The Valuation of Risk Assets and the Selection of Risky Investments in Stock Portfolios and Capital Budgets, John Lintner, 1965, Review of Economics and Statistics. 47:1, pp. 13–37.
Allowance of rates of return on public utility equities: The double leverage controversy, John Lintner, 1980, Working paper - Division of Research, Graduate School of Business Admin, Harvard University, HBS 80-32 
Allowance of rates of return on public utility equities: The theory of optimal rate of return regulation of utilities and the double leverage controversy, John Lintner, 1981, Harvard University 
The potential role of managed commodity financial futures accounts and or funds in portfolios of stocks and bonds, John Lintner, 1983, Working paper, Harvard University 
Some new perspectives on tests of CAPM and other capital asset pricing models and issues of market efficiency, John Lintner, 1981, Harvard Institute of Economic Research discussion paper