Obama to award Israeli professor the Presidential Medal of Freedom

The Ugly Truth – by israelhayom.com

Daniel Kahneman, a 2002 Nobel Prize laureate who is considered one of the world’s foremost researchers in the fields of behavioral economics and hedonic psychology, is named one of 16 recipients of the U.S.’s highest civilian honor.

Professor Daniel Kahneman will receive the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom | Photo credit: Ziv Koren  

Israel’s Professor Daniel Kahneman, 79, who received the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics, has been named one of the 16 recipients of the 2013 United States Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House announced Thursday.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the U.S.’s highest civilian honor, recognizing individuals who have made an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the U.S., world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.

The awards will be presented at the White House later this year.

“Daniel Kahneman is a pioneering scholar of psychology. After escaping Nazi occupation [in France] 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,” the White House’s statement said.

Born in Tel Aviv in 1934, Kahneman spent his childhood years in Paris. After his family escaped the Nazis, he immigrated to Israel in 1948. Kahneman is professor emeritus at Princeton University’s Department of Psychology and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, as well as a fellow at Hebrew University and a Gallup Senior Scientist. He is considered one of the world’s foremost researchers in the fields of the psychology of judgment and decision-making, behavioral economics and hedonic psychology.

In 2011, Kahneman was ranked 71 on Foreign Policy magazine’s list of top 100 global thinkers. His book, “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” which summarizes much of his research, was published later that year to great critical acclaim. In both 2011 and 2012, he was named as one of Bloomberg’s 50 most influential people in global finance.

Kahneman, who is 2009 was awarded an honorary doctorate from the department of Economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, is the recipient of several international awards, including the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in Prospect theory, the 2007 American Psychological Association’s Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology, the 2011 Talcott Parsons Prize by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the 2012 National Academy of Sciences Communication Award, which he won for his book.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom was established by U.S. President Harry Truman in 1945 to recognize notable service in war. In 1963, President John F. Kennedy reintroduced it as an honor for distinguished civilian service in peacetime. President Shimon Peres was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in June 2012.


6 thoughts on “Obama to award Israeli professor the Presidential Medal of Freedom

  1. I have an award for Obama. It’s called the Assholic award. Wear it proudly you rat bastard. I hope you choke on a grape too while your at Martha’s Vineyard.

  2. I too am highly offended that the concept of this recognition of merit should have been prostituted and even worse, given to an Israeli. If I had the authority, that act in itself would be sufficient for me to order the immediate and permanent deportation of Obama to Israel.

  3. “Obama to award Israeli professor the Presidential Medal of Freedom.”

    After which Obummer will proceed to an orgy with the entire Sanhedrin.

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