An inspiration to billions for his pathbreaking studies of public risk perceptions!
And to hundreds of millions of those same billions for his messy desk & office -- if he can overcome come that handicap, so can we dammit!
UofO issued a press statement that focuses on the messy desk. Understandable, because that's the obvious human-interest angle on the story.
But here are some other, more scholarship-focused details on Slovic's career.
Although Slovic proved an exception to the rule that scholars of public risk perception tend to do their best work by age 15, his early hybrid lab-field study strategies remain high on his list of achievements-- and of course generated the $millions that underwrote his later, even more influential research efforts:
Researcher Sarah Lichtenstein, pictured here with Slovic, opened a hedge fund based on early team research insights, only a fraction of which have ever been revealed to the public. She was quoted recently as saying, "Black & Scholes were real chumps. I've made 10^6 as much money by keeping my behavioral-economics based insights into derivative pricing to myself than they got for winning the Nobel Prize in economics..."
It should also be noted that Slovic kicked UO great Steve Prefontaine's ass in a marathon once. "He burned himself out by running the first 10K in 26:59," Slovic explained. "Of course, it also helped that I supplemented my diet with reindeer milk," he added with a wink.
Slovic thereafter published the data underlying his own training regimen, which was derived from study of billions of Boston Marathon entrants.