Princeton University professor
Angus Deaton, Professor of Economics and International Affairs at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, is the 2015 Nobel laureate in economics. He is author of 'The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality'.
In Scotland, I was brought up to think of policemen as allies and to ask one for help when I needed it. Imagine my surprise when, as a 19-year-old on my first visit to the United States, I was met by a stream of obscenities from a New York City cop who was directing traffic in Times Square after I asked him for directions to the nearest post office. In my subsequent confusion, I inserted my employer's urgent documents into a trash bin that, to me, looked a lot like a mailbox.