Top U.S. Award for Jewish Scholar

Daniel Kahneman, who won the Nobel Prize for economics in 2002 and served in the Israeli army, wins United States Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Princeton psychologist Daniel Kahneman, known for his application of psychology to economic analysis, has been awarded the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom, the White House announced on Thursday.

Kahneman, an Israeli-American, was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 2002.

The White House press release naming Kahneman and the other recipients noted that the Princeton University scholar, who shared the Nobel Price for Economics in 2002, escaped Nazi Europe and served in the Israeli army.

Among the 16 people recipients this year are former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Gloria Steinem, the feminist pioneer, and the late Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), who was for decades a pro-Israel leader in Congress.

The awards will be presented by President Barak Obama later this year.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom, established by President John Kennedy in 1963, is, with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor in the United States. It is presented to "individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the U.S.," "world peace" or to "cultural or other significant public or private endeavors."

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