Baruch Fischhoff is Professor of Social and Decision Sciences and of Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University. He received his BSc in Mathematics and Psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit, his Ma and Ph.D. in Psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (with several intervening years of living on a kibbutz). He has worked at Decision Research and the Eugene Research Institute, in Eugene, Oregon; the Medical Research Council/Applied Psychology Unit in Cambridge, UK, and the Psychology Department of the University of Stockholm. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the (US) National Academy of Sciences. He tries to study problems in which there are opportunities for unusual applications of social science methods and results, as well as for new topics for basic research, prompted by applied considerations. These problems have included environmental management, risk communication, regulatory policy, adolescent risk-taking, insurance behavior, medical informed consent , and preventing sexual assault.
In founding the Journal of Forecasting and in l985 the International Journal of Forecasting and later as Editor and Chief Editor of these journals, he has collaborated for long periods with Scott Armstrong and Spyros Makridakis. It would be true to say that they both have had a major influence on his thinking.