Pioneering Psychologist and Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman Passes Away at 90

Nobel Prize-winning Israeli-American psychologist Daniel Kahneman dies in the United States

Renowned Israeli-American psychologist Daniel Kahneman, who was known for his pioneering work in behavioral economics, passed away on March 27 at the age of 90 in the United States. His stepdaughter Deborah Treisman confirmed the news but did not provide further details about the circumstances of his death.

Kahneman was born in Tel Aviv in 1934 and graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and psychology in 1954. He later went on to work in the Israeli Defense Forces in the psychological unit, where he developed questionnaires to evaluate conscripts’ personalities. In 1958, he moved to the United States to pursue his PhD in psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, while also maintaining a strong connection with Israel and working at the Hebrew University.

Throughout his career, Kahneman made significant contributions to our understanding of judgment and decision-making under conditions of uncertainty. His collaborative work with Vernon Smith earned him the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002, recognizing his innovative applications of psychological insights to economic theories. Despite being a psychologist by training, Kahneman’s work had far-reaching implications for economists and policymakers alike.

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