Kahneman to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

Psychologist is one of 16 awardees from a wide range of fields.

Daniel Kahneman, PhDThe White House announced in August that psychologist Daniel Kahneman will be one of 16 recipients of this year’s Presidential Medal of Freedom. The award, often considered the highest civilian honor in the United States, is given to individuals who “have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

Other recipients for 2013 are baseball player Ernie Banks, newspaper editor Ben Bradlee, former president Bill Clinton, former senator Daniel Inouye (posthumous), former senator Richard Lugar, singer Loretta Lynn, chemist Mario Molina, astronaut Sally Ride (posthumous), activist Bayard Rustin (posthumous), musician Arturo Sandoval, basketball coach Dean Smith, writer and activist Gloria Steinem, minister and activist Cordy Tindell “C.T.” Vivian, judge Patricia Wald and television host Oprah Winfrey.

The White House press release included this information about Kahneman:

"Daniel Kahneman is a pioneering scholar of psychology. After escaping Nazi occupation in World War II, Dr. Kahneman immigrated to Israel, where he served in the Israel Defense Forces and trained as a psychologist. Alongside Amos Tversky, he applied cognitive psychology to economic analysis, laying the foundation for a new field of research and earning the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002. He is currently a professor at Princeton University."

President Obama will present the medals at a ceremony later this year at the White House.

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White House press release