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Charles Murray

American libertarian political scientist, author, and columnist

1943   -  

country of citizenship: United States of America
languages spoken, written or signed: English
educated at: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard College, Harvard University
occupation: political scientist, sociologist, author, writer, journalist, geneticist
award received: Irving Kristol Award, Kistler Prize

Charles Alan Murray (; born January 8, 1943) is an American political scientist, writer and public speaker. He is the W.H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C.Murray's work has been and remains highly controversial.His book Losing Ground: American Social Policy 1950–1980 (1984) discussed the American welfare system. He co-wrote the controversial book The Bell Curve (1994), co-authored with Richard Herrnstein, in which the authors argue that in American society, in the course of the 20th century, intelligence became a better predictor than parental socioeconomic status or education level of many individual outcomes, including income, job performance, pregnancy out of wedlock, and crime, and that social welfare programs and education efforts to improve social outcomes for the disadvantaged are largely counterproductive.
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