Gary Becker Biography

Economist (1930–)
Economist Gary Becker won a Nobel Prize, National Medal of Science and the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his exploration of sociology and economics.


Born December 2, 1930, in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, economist Gary Becker received his Ph.D. in 1955. He taught both economics and sociology at the University of Chicago. He believed human self-interest influenced economic behavior and published several books on the subject. He won a Nobel Prize for Economics in 1992 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007.

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