Daniel Kahneman

Daniel Kahneman

Formal First Name
3/5/1934 - present

Professor Daniel Kahneman is a world-renowned psychologist recognized for his contributions to behavioral economics. His work on heuristics and cognitive biases is prevalent among investors because it sheds light on how people make investment decisions. Professor Kahneman is most known for his integrated economic analysis with fundamental insights from cognitive psychology, in particular regarding behavior under uncertainty. His research applied insights from psychology to economics, exposing the myriad ways in which people’s actual behaviors can depart from assumptions.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • He spent much of his early childhood in France and experienced the occupation of the city by Nazi Germany in 1940; he has described those difficult times as one of the factors that influenced his interest in psychology.
  • He wrote his first essay on the psychology of religion when he was 10 years old.
  • He returned to Palestine in 1946. 
  • He was drafted into the Israeli Defense Forces in 1954, serving principally in its psychology branch. 




  • Presidential Medal of Freedom, 2013
  • SAGE-CASBS Award for Social Science, 2013
  • National Academy of Sciences Best Book Award for “Thinking, Fast and Slow”, 2013
  • Cosmos Club McGoven Award in Science, 2013,
  • Los Angeles Times Book Prize for “Thinking Fast and Slow”, 2012
  • Talcott Parsons Prize, The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2011
  • Distinguished Fellows, The American Economic Association, 2011
  • John McGovern Award Lecture, The American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2008
  • Distinguished Lifetime Contribution Award, American Psychological Association, 2007
  • Frank P. Ramsey Medal of the Decision Analysis Society, (joint with Amos Tversky), 2006
  • Thomas Schelling Prize for intellectual contribution to public policy, Kennedy School for public policy, Harvard University, 2006
  • Kampe de Feriet Award, Society for Information Processing and Management of Uncertainty, 2006
  • Decision Analysis Publication Award (for best paper published in 2003), Decision Analysis Society, 2005
  • Grawemeyer Prize in Psychology (joint with Amos Tversky), 2002
  • Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, 2002
  • Career Achievement Award, Society for Medical Decision Making, 2002
  • Warren Medal of the Society of Experimental Psychologists, (joint with Amos Tversky), 1995
  • Hilgard Award for Lifetime Contribution to General Psychology, 1995
  • Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, Society of Consumer Psychology, 1992
  • Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award of the American Psychological Association, (joint with Amos Tversky), 1982