The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation announced today that one of four 2008 Bradley Prizes will be awarded to Gary S. Becker. Gary S. Becker is the Rose-Marie and Jack R. Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and University Professor of Economics and Sociology at the University of Chicago.
Becker will be presented the award during a ceremony to be held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, June 4. Each award carries a stipend of $250,000.
“The Bradley Foundation selected Professor Becker for his original research in the fields of economics and sociology,” according to Bradley president and chief executive officer Michael W. Grebe. “Professor Becker’s pioneering work in the fields of economics and human behavior has revolutionized those fields of study and inspired a generation of economists.”
The selection was based on nominations solicited from more than 100 prominent individuals and chosen by a selection committee, that included Pierre S. du Pont, Michael W. Grebe (Bradley Prizes Committee chair), Charles Krauthammer, Heather Mac Donald, Thomas L. Rhodes, Dianne J. Sehler, Shelby Steele, David V. Uihlein Jr., and George F. Will.
Becker was also awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1992, the National Medal of Science in 2000, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007. He is the author of more than 10 books and regularly debates public policy issues with federal Judge Richard Posner on the Becker-Posner Blog.
“Through the Bradley Prizes, we recognize individuals like Professor Becker who have made outstanding contributions and we hope to encourage others to strive for excellence in their respective fields,” Grebe said.
Founded in 1985, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation is devoted to strengthening American democratic capitalism and the institutions, principles, and values that sustain and nurture it. Its programs support limited, competent government; a dynamic marketplace for economic and cultural activity; and a vigorous defense, at home and abroad, of American ideas and institutions. Recognizing that responsible self-government depends on enlightened citizens and informed public opinion, the foundation supports scholarly studies and academic achievement.
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