Gary Becker

American economist

Gary Stanley Becker (December 2, 1930 – May 3, 2014) was an American economist. He was a professor of economics and sociology at the University of Chicago and a professor at the Booth School of Business. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1992 and received the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2007.[1] He was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

Gary Becker
Gary Becker speaking in Chicago, May 24, 2008
Born(1930-12-02)December 2, 1930
DiedMay 3, 2014(2014-05-03) (aged 83)
Alma materPrinceton University
University of Chicago
Awards1967 John Bates Clark Medal
1992 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences
1997 Pontifical Academy of Sciences
2004 John von Neumann Award
2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom

Gary Becker died in Chicago, Illinois from complications of ulcer surgery, aged 83.[2][3]


  1. President Bush Announces 2007 Medal of Freedom Recipients
  2. Harms, William (May 4, 2014). "Gary S. Becker, Nobel-winning scholar of economics and sociology, 1930–2014". Retrieved May 4, 2014.
  3. Mankiw, N. Gregory (May 4, 2014). "Very Sad News". Retrieved May 4, 2014.

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