Ben Carson, born Benjamin Solomon “Ben” Carson, Sr. on September 18, 1951, is an American author and a former neurosurgeon who recently announced his intention to run for the Republican nomination for the President of the United States.
Carson, the first surgeon to successfully separate a pair of conjoined twins joined at the head, gained popularity as a conservative political media figure in the year 2013. This recognition was a result of his widely publicized speech delivered on issues of social and political importance at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast.
Carson was born in a poor family in Detroit, Michigan. His parents, Sonya and Robert Solomon Carson, divorced when he was 8. He was raised by his mother. Carson admits having temper issues in youth in his book Gifted Hands, claiming that he controlled them after he started reading the Book of Proverbs. Carson majored in psychology from Yale University in 1973 and received his M.D. in neurosurgery from the University of Michigan Medical School.
He married Lacrena “Candy” Rustin, after meeting her in Yale University in the year 1975. In 1977, the young couple moved to Baltimore in Maryland where he became a resident at Johns Hopkins University. As a result of his excellent eye-hand coordination and three-dimensional reasoning skills, he became the chief resident in neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins by 1982.
His comments on political correctness (“dangerous”, because it goes against freedom of expression), education, health care, and taxation during his speech at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast earned him a lot of popularity as his views were interpreted to be politically conservative.
Carson has been awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.
He has authored several books, including Think Big, Take The Risk and One Vote: Make Your Voice Heard.