The Bradley Prizes formally recognize individuals of extraordinary talent and dedication who have made contributions of excellence in areas consistent with The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation’s mission.  Up to four Prizes of $250,000 each are awarded annually to innovative thinkers and practitioners whose achievements strengthen the legacy of the Bradley brothers and the ideas to which they were committed.

 2016 Winners

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Charles Murray is a social scientist and writer, best known as the author of Losing Ground: American Social Policy, 1950–1980, The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life (with Richard J. Herrnstein), and Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010 (2012). His other books include In Pursuit: Of Happiness and Good Government (1988), What It Means to Be a Libertarian: A Personal Inter­pretation (1997), Human Accomplishment: The Pursuit of Excellence in the Arts and Sciences, 800 B.C. to 1950 (2003), In Our Hands: A Plan to Replace the Welfare State (2006), Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America’s Schools Back to Reality (2008), and Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960–2010 (2012). His latest book, By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission, was published in 2015.

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Prof. Andrew Roberts, who was born in 1963, took a first class honours degree in Modern History at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, from where he is an honorary senior scholar and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). He is presently a Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department at King’s College, London and the Lehrman Institute Lecturer at the New-York Historical Society. He has written or edited nineteen books, which have been translated into 22 languages, and appears regularly on radio and television around the world. Based in London, he is an accomplished public speaker (see Speaking Engagements and Speaking Testimonials), and has delivered the White House Lecture, as well as speaking at Oxford, Cambridge, Yale, Princeton and Stanford Universities, and at Sandhurst, Shrivenham and the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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A global religious leader, philosopher, award-winning author and respected moral voice, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks was recently named the winner of the 2016 Templeton Prize in recognition of his “exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.” Described by H.R.H. The Prince of Wales as “a light unto this nation” and by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair as “an intellectual giant,” Rabbi Sacks is a frequent and sought after contributor to radio, television and the press both in Britain and around the world.

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For more than thirty years, Gary Sinise has stood as an advocate of America’s service members. It began in the early 1980’s with his support of Vietnam Veterans groups and the creation of Vets Night, a program offering free dinners and performances to veterans at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. His commitment continued into the 1990’s working on behalf of the Disabled American Veterans organization which he continues to actively support.  Since the attacks of September 11th, 2001, his dedication to our nation’s active duty defenders, veterans and first responders has become a tireless crusade of support, service and gratitude to all those who protect our freedom and serve our country.