Thomas Sowell
Thomas Sowell

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Name: Thomas Sowell
Occupation: Novelist
Gender: Male
Birth Day: June 30, 1930
Age: 92
Birth Place: Gastonia, United States
Zodiac Sign: Cancer

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Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell was born on June 30, 1930 in Gastonia, United States (92 years old). Thomas Sowell is a Novelist, zodiac sign: Cancer. Find out Thomas Sowellnet worth 2020, salary 2020 detail bellow.


He supports laissez-faire economics, and has written thirty books.

Net Worth

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Before Fame

He graduated from Harvard University in 1958 and subsequently received a Master's degree from Columbia and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago. He went on to teach economics at Howard University, Rutgers, Cornell, Brandeis, Amherst College, and the University of California-Los Angeles.

Biography Timeline


He qualified for Stuyvesant High School, a prestigious academic high school in New York City; he was the first in his family to study beyond the sixth grade. However, he was forced to drop out at age 17 because of financial difficulties and problems in his home. Sowell held a number of positions, including one at a machine shop and another as a delivery man for Western Union; he tried out for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1948. He was drafted into the military in 1951, during the Korean War, and was assigned to the U.S. Marine Corps. Because of his experience in photography, Sowell became a Marine Corps photographer.


After his discharge, Sowell worked a civil service job in Washington, DC, and attended night classes at Howard University, a historically black college. His high scores on the College Board exams and recommendations by two professors helped him gain admission to Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1958 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He earned a Master's degree from Columbia University the following year.


From 1965 to 1969, Sowell was an assistant professor of economics at Cornell University. Writing 30 years later about the 1969 takeover by black Cornell students of Willard Straight Hall, Sowell characterized the students as "hoodlums" with "serious academic problems [who were] admitted under lower academic standards", and noted "it so happens that the pervasive racism that black students supposedly encountered at every turn on campus and in town was not apparent to me during the four years that I taught at Cornell and lived in Ithaca."


Sowell received a Doctor of Philosophy degree in economics from the University of Chicago in 1968. His dissertation was titled "Say's Law and the General Glut Controversy". Sowell had initially chosen Columbia University to study under George Stigler, who would later receive the Nobel Prize in Economics. When he learned that Stigler had moved to the University of Chicago, he followed him there.


Previously married to Alma Jean Parr from 1964 to 1975, Sowell married Mary Ash in 1981. He has two children, John and Lorraine.


In 1987, Sowell testified in favor of federal appeals court judge Robert Bork during the hearings for Bork's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. In his testimony, Sowell said that Bork was "the most highly qualified nominee of this generation" and that what he viewed as judicial activism, a concept that Bork opposed as a self-described originalist and textualist, "has not been beneficial to minorities."


In 2007, Sowell commented that modern television talk shows did not match the quality of David Susskind's Open End or The University of Chicago Roundtable and that Meet the Press moderated by Tim Russert was unlike the shows moderated by Lawrence Spivak or Bill Monroe. Sowell is also known for his disdain of self-promotion.


On December 27, 2016, Sowell announced the end of his syndicated column, writing that, at age 86, "the question is not why I am quitting, but why I kept at it so long," and cited a desire to focus on his photography hobby.

In a Townhall editorial, titled "The Bush Legacy", Sowell assessed President George W. Bush as "a mixed bag," but "an honorable man." Sowell was strongly critical of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, and officially endorsed Ted Cruz in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries in a February article. However, he indicated that he would vote in the general election against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, due to fears about the appointments Clinton would possibly make to the Supreme Court.


Two weeks before the 2016 election, Sowell urged voters to vote for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton. Sowell's belief was that Trump would be easier to impeach than the country's first female president. In 2018, when asked on his thoughts of Trump's presidency, Sowell replied "I think he's better than the previous president."


In March 2019, Sowell commented on the public's response to mainstream media's allegations that President Trump is a racist: "What's tragic is that there's so many people out there who simply respond to words rather than ask themselves 'Is what this person says true? How can I check it?' And so on." A month later, Sowell again defended Trump against media charges of racism, stating: "I've seen no hard evidence. And, unfortunately, we’re living in a time where no one expects hard evidence. You just repeat some familiar words and people will react pretty much the way Pavlov’s dog was conditioned to react to certain sounds."


Sowell believes that if the Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wins the 2020 US presidential election, it could signal a point of no return for the country. He believes it could lead to a tipping point for the country like the fall of the Roman Empire. In an interview in July 2020, he stated that; "the Roman Empire overcame many problems in its long history but eventually it reached a point where it could no longer continue on, and much of that was from within, not just the barbarians attacking from outside.” Sowell believes that if Biden wins, the Democratic Party would have a huge amount of control over the country and if this happened, they could twin with the "radical left" and ideas such as defunding the police could come to fruition which would be very negative for the country.

Family Life

Thomas's father died before he was born, and he was adopted by his great-aunt because his impoverished mother already had four other children to take care of. Thomas's autobiography, A Personal Odyssey, details his childhood in North Carolina and New York City.

🎂 Upcoming Birthday

Currently, Thomas Sowell is 92 years, 4 months and 28 days old. Thomas Sowell will celebrate 93rd birthday on a Friday 30th of June 2023. Below we countdown to Thomas Sowell upcoming birthday.


Recent Birthday Highlights

90th birthday - Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Happy Birthday, Thomas Sowell - Econlib

  The one constant on display through all these topics is an irrepressible mind digging through the data in order to understand the complex reality underneath. His intellectual process, plus his ability to write quickly, have resulted in dozens of books and hundreds upon hundreds of newspaper columns that have helped many of us learn. …

Thomas Sowell 90th birthday timeline
88th birthday - Saturday, June 30, 2018

87th birthday - Friday, June 30, 2017

Happy 87th birthday (June 30) to economist Thomas Sowell, one of the greatest living economists | American Enterprise Institute - AEI

One of my all-time most favorite economists — Thomas Sowell — turns 87 tomorrow, he was born on June 30, 1930. Here is Thomas Sowell’s webpage and here is his Wikipedia entry. Milton Friedman once said, “The word ‘genius’ is thrown around so much that it’s becoming meaningless, but nevertheless I think Tom Sowell is …

86th birthday - Thursday, June 30, 2016

Happy 86th birthday to economist Thomas Sowell, one of the greatest living economists | American Enterprise Institute - AEI

Two of my all-time most favorite economists — Thomas Sowell and Frederic Bastiat – share the same birthday — they were both born on June 30. To recognize Bastiat’s birthday today I posted some of his quotes on CD yesterday, and I’ll now do the same for Thomas Sowell, who turned 86 today. Here is …

85th birthday - Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Happy 85th Birthday (June 30) Thomas Sowell | American Enterprise Institute - AEI

Steve Hayward pointed out recently that economist Thomas Sowell shares the same birthday as Frederic Bastiat – they were both born on June 30. To recognize Bastiat’s birthday I shared some of his quotes on CD earlier this week, and I’ll now do the same today for Thomas Sowell, who turned  85 yesterday. Here is …

84th birthday - Monday, June 30, 2014

Not dumping Thomas Sowell

There's been a lot of response to yesterday's "Dump Thomas Sowell" letter. Several will be printed in the letters column in the days ahead.

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