November 4, 2014

In Memoriam - Gordon Tullock

Summary

Gordon Tullock, Professor Emeritus of Law at George Mason University, passed away on Monday, November 3, 2014. At the time of his death he was in Des Moines, Iowa, to be near his sister and family. Best known as one of the fathers of public choice theory, Tullock changed social science by bringing economic thinking to political issues.

(February 13, 1922 ~ November 03, 2014)

Gordon Tullock, Professor Emeritus of Law at George Mason University, passed away on Monday, November 3, 2014. At the time of his death he was in Des Moines, Iowa, to be near his sister and family. Best known as one of the fathers of public choice theory, Tullock changed social science by bringing economic thinking to political issues.

“Gordon was a longtime friend of the Mercatus Center and we are saddened by his loss,” said Mercatus Center Senior Fellow and Board Member Don Boudreaux. “Gordon was one of a kind. His was one of the most creative, original, pioneering, fruitful, and insightful minds of the last 100 years. He deserved the Nobel Prize, but never got it. I count myself privileged beyond measure to have known him and to have been his colleague.”

The author or co-author of 16 books and more than 150 papers, Professor Tullock was the Holbert R. Harris University Professor at George Mason University from 1983-1987 prior to joining the faculty of George Mason School of Law in 1999. In 1996, Tullock was named a member of the American Political Science Review Hall of Fame. In 1998, he was made a Distinguished Fellow of the American Economic Association.

Professor Tullock was the inaugural recipient of the Leslie T. Wilkins Award, presented by the Criminal Justice Research Center for the outstanding book in the field of criminology and criminal justice. The George Mason University School of Law honored Professor Tullock with an award for outstanding contributions in the field of law and economics.

Professor Tullock received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1947. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Chicago in 1992. He also holds honorary doctorates from the University of Basel and the Universidad Francisco Marroquin.