North Carolina-born Thomas Sowell received his education not in high school, but in the Marine Corps. Working as a photographer during the Korean War, he went on to Harvard to study economics, and went on to work as an economist with the Department of Labor and AT&T. Since then, he has worked as a professor at Douglass College, Cornell University, Rutgers University, and many others.
Besides his professorial work, Sowell is a prolific writer with 28 books and numerous articles to his name. Books like "On Classical Economics" are considered to be groundbreaking, and his writing is held in high regard by many.