Milton Friedman

National Medal of Science

Behavioral And Social Science

For his theoretical contributions, and for application, of the principles of scientific empirical and statistical methods to the field of economics and the social sciences, and to problems critical to the Nation in general.

For his theoretical contributions, and for application, of the principles of scientific empirical and statistical methods to the field of economics and the social sciences, and to problems critical to the Nation in general.

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Birth
July 31, 1912
Age Awarded
76
Country of Birth
USA
Key Contributions
Most Influential Economist Of The Second Half Of 20Th C.
Awarded by
Ronald Wilson Reagan
Education
Rutgers University
Columbia University
Areas of Impact
Human Behavior
Affiliations
Stanford University
Other Prizes
Nobel Prize
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Milton Friedman never held political office, but his philosophies and research made him one of the most powerful men in the United States and, perhaps, the world. Lauded as perhaps the most influential economist of the second half of the 20th Century, Friedman achieved a level of fame and power enjoyed by few of his peers.

A fierce proponent of a free market economy with little intervention from the government – and the notion that economic freedom was required for political freedom – Friedman’s views influenced a generation of world leaders ranging from President Ronald Reagan to British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. With his talent for synthesizing complex ideas, Friedman authored numerous books and columns.

In the 1960s, Friedman warned that his research showed unemployment and inflation would rise in the 1970s, a prediction that came true and became known as “stagflation.’’ In 1976, Friedman was awarded a Nobel Prize in economic sciences for his work.

Friedman, who earned a doctorate from Columbia University, worked as an economist for the Treasury Department during World War II, had a long teaching career at the University of Chicago and later was a research fellow at Stanford University.

By Robert Warren

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