Colleagues and friends will join the family members of Milton Friedman to honor and remember the late Nobel Prize-winning economist and one of the world’s leading proponents of free markets at a memorial service at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29. The event will be webcast live at www-news.uchicago.edu.
The service will be held in the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave., and is being arranged jointly by the University and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. It will be open to the public.
Speaking at the event will be Gary Becker, University Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago; Arnold Harberger, Professor in Economics at UCLA and the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Economics at the University of Chicago; Václav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic; Leo Melamed, Chairman Emeritus of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange; Michael Walker, Senior Fellow and President of the Fraser Institute Foundation, and a member of the board of directors of the Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation; and Robert Zimmer, President of the University of Chicago.
Friedman, considered by many to be the most influential economist of the late 20th century, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006, at the age of 94.
The Paul Snowden Russell Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in Economics at the University of Chicago, Friedman won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1976 for “his achievements in the field of consumption analysis, monetary history and theory, and for his demonstration of the complexity of stabilization policy.”
In addition to his scholarly work, Friedman is the author of a number of influential books, including Capitalism and Freedom. Free To Choose, which was published as a companion book to a public television series by the same name, was written by Friedman and his wife, Rose.