Lifetime achievement award: Leo Melamed

Leo Melamed

If a roll call had been taken at the lectures given by the economist Milton Friedman at the University of Chicago in 1970, it would have shown that, among the 30 to 40 people in the building’s small, boxy lecture rooms, was an outsider carrying a pen and pad to disguise himself as a student – an interloper who was only there to hear Friedman speak and who never asked a question for fear of attracting attention. It was Leo Melamed, chairman of what was then universally known as the Merc – the Chi