Vernon Smith is one of the most amazing individuals I have ever had the opportunity to be around. He is a lifelong learner, always seeking to discover new things. He is also genuine as a human being. You enter the no BS zone when you are around Vernon. He also is the first person I ever heard predict that Lin Ostrom would (should) win the Nobel Prize.
Several years ago now, Vernon introduced Lin Ostrom as the winner of the first ever Fund for the Study of Spontaneous Order Lifetime Achievement Award (Gordon Tullock introduced Vincent). In his introduction Vernon summed up Lin as "a remarkable scholar internally driven by a need to understand human forms of social organization."Today he explains to others why they should all know Lin and her work.
HT: Alex Tabarrok