Students with outstanding dissertations in philosophy are eligible for this prestigious award.
The Thomas Perry Dissertation Prize is awarded for the best dissertation completed in the previous academic year by a student in the University at Buffalo Philosophy Department. The prize is funded by the Thomas D. Perry Memorial Fund, which was established by Mr. Thomas D. Perry and Mrs. Patricia K. Perry.
Thomas D. Perry, a graduate of the UB Law School, served as a legal counselor to Congress and later, Bell Aerospace Corporation. He earned a PhD in philosophy from Columbia University, then taught philosophy at UB, where he was active in department activities, including assisting in the development of the university's philosophy and law joint degree program.
Dr. Perry was particularly interested in moral reasoning and legal philosophy, and published many works in distinguished journals, in addition to authoring a book on philosophy. He was honored by the Aristotelian Society in Britain, which his friend and colleague Dr. Jorge Gracia referred to as, "...an honor that is only rarely accorded a living philosopher." D. Perry died in 1982, at the young age of 58.