Thomas SowellThomas Sowell (; born June 30, 1930) is an American economist and social theorist and is a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.
Sowell was born in North Carolina but grew up in Harlem, New York. He dropped out of Stuyvesant High School and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He received a bachelor's degree, graduating ''magna cum laude'' from Harvard University in 1958 and a master's degree from Columbia University in 1959. In 1968, he earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago.
Sowell has served on the faculties of several universities, including Cornell University and University of California, Los Angeles. He has also worked for think tanks such as the Urban Institute. Since 1980, he has worked at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He writes from a libertarian conservative perspective. Sowell has written more than thirty books (a number of which have been reprinted in revised editions), and his work has been widely anthologized. He is a National Humanities Medal recipient for innovative scholarship which incorporated history, economics and political science. He has also been highly praised by Friedrich Hayek and David R. Henderson. In a survey conducted by the Mises Institute in honor of his 90th birthday, Sowell was listed by Thomas DiLorenzo as the greatest living economist whose work has "educated millions". His latest book is ''Charter Schools and Their Enemies'' (2020).
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