Remembering the Life and Legacy of Nobel-Winning Psychologist Daniel Kahneman: From Tel Aviv to Berkeley and Beyond

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

Daniel Kahneman, a renowned Israeli-American psychologist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2002 for applying psychological techniques to economics, passed away on March 27 at the age of 90 in the United States. 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.

After working in the Israeli Defense Forces’ psychological unit, where he developed questionnaires to evaluate conscripts’ personalities, Kahneman 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.

Recognized as one of the pioneers of behavioral economics, Kahneman was honored with the Nobel Prize in Economics for his groundbreaking studies on judgment and decision-making under conditions of uncertainty, such as his collaboration with Vernon Smith. Despite being a psychologist, not an economist, Kahneman was awarded the Economics Prize in recognition of his innovative applications of psychological insights to economic theories. His stepdaughter Deborah Treisman confirmed the news but did not provide further details about the circumstances of his death.

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