Daniel H. Pink

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Daniel H. Pink
Daniel H. Pink
Daniel H. Pink
Born 1964 (age 53–54)
Occupation Author
Language English
Nationality American
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Northwestern University (B.A.)
Yale Law School (J.D.)
Genre Non-fiction
Notable works Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us;
A Whole New Mind;
To Sell is Human;
Free Agent Nation;
The Adventures of Johnny Bunko
Spouse Jessica Lerner

Daniel H. Pink (born 1964) is an author of books about work, management, and behavioral science.[1] Four are New York Times bestsellers: When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing,[2] To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others,[3] Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us,[4] and A Whole New Mind: Why Right Brainers Will Rule the Future.[5]

He was host and co-executive producer of the 2014–2015 National Geographic Channel social science TV series Crowd Control.[6]

Early life and career[edit]

Pink grew up in the small suburban town of Bexley, Ohio, outside Columbus, and graduated from Bexley High School in 1982.[7] He received his B.A. from Northwestern University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He was also named Truman Scholar.[8] He then received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1991, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law & Policy Review.[9]

Deciding not to practice law, Pink worked in several positions in politics and economic policy. He served as an aide to Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, and from 1995 to 1997 he was chief speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore. In 1997, he quit his job to go out on his own, an experience he described in the 1998 Fast Company article, Free Agent Nation, which became the basis of his first book.[10]

In 2018, Pink began co-curating the Next Big Idea Club with Susan Cain, Malcolm Gladwell, and Adam Grant, focusing on books about psychology, business, happiness, and productivity.[11]


  • In 2013, the Pratt Institute awarded Pink an (honorary) doctorate.[12]
  • In 2015, Thinkers50 named Pink as one of the 10 most-influential management thinkers in the world.[13]
  • In 2016, Georgetown University awarded Pink an (honorary) Doctor of Humane Letters degree.[14]



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