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Thomas Sowell is an American economist, turned social theorist, political philosopher, and author.

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Sowell in 1964
Born (1930-06-30) June 30, 1930 (age 86)
Gastonia, North Carolina, United States
Nationality American
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Chicago School of Economics
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Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch  U.S. Marine Corps

Thomas Sowell (/sl/; born June 30, 1930) is an American economist, turned social theorist, political philosopher, and author.

He is currently Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Sowell was born in North Carolina, but grew up in Harlem, New York. He dropped out of high school and served in the United States 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, advocating supply-side economics. 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.