Facts of Ben Carson
|Full Name:||Ben Carson|
|Age:||68 years 6 months|
|Birth Date:||September 18, 1951|
|Best Match for Marriage:||Taurus, Capricorn|
|Birth Place:||Detroit, Michigan, United States|
|Father's Name:||Robert Solomon Carson|
|Mother's Name:||Sonya Carson|
|Husband / Wife Name:||Candy Carson|
|Profession:||politician, author and former neurosurgeon|
|Education:||University of Michigan Medical School, Yale University, Southwestern High School (Michigan), Davenport College|
|Height / How tall? :||6 feet 0 inches (1.83m)|
|Net Worth:||$29 million|
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Ben Carson is a politician, author as well as a former neurosurgeon. He has served as a 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development since 2017, under the Trump Administration.
Ben Carson and excessive expenditure
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson’s decision to buy a $31,000 dining set for his office has come under the scanner. When people began criticizing his purchase, he misled the public about his involvement in the decision.
As per Jonathan Swan, the Chief of Staff John Kelly sided Ben Carson and sided his decision to the costly purchase. Jonathan reports that John Kelly told reporters that it was a wise long-term investment. Jonathan Swan reports:
“Kelly said $31,000 sounds like a lot of money, but to put it in context he asked a reporter how much they think the chair they’re sitting on costs. Kelly said it’s probably worth hundreds of dollars but it will last a long time. He rationalized Carson’s $31,000 outlay by saying the table could last for 80 or 100 years.”
People are left wondering how a Government who does not think of the long-term benefits of climate change considers purchasing high-cost furniture as the long-term investment as a good one. So The Trump Government prefers spending on dining sets and not on climate change which in fact has more longe and beneficial effects on the world and could help us from losing any coastal cities!
Who is Ben Carson?
Ben Carson is a neurosurgeon, author, and a Republican. He is an established neurosurgeon who in 1987 was the first surgeon to have successfully separated conjoined twins who were joined by the head.
Ben Carson’s successful medical career
Ben Carson was a neurosurgery resident at world-famous Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore after his medical school graduation in 1977. He possessed a very good eye-hand coordination and proved himself to be a very good surgeon. He accepted the invitation from Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, Australia and joined then in 1983.
He returned to his home Institute in 1984 and was at age 33 appointed the director of pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1985. He also served as a co-director of the Johns Hopkins Craniofacial Center.
The history-making surgery
In 1987, he and his junior team of doctors carried out a complicated surgery to separate two 7-month-old craniopagus twins and it was successful. He was invited by other countries’ hospitals such as South Africa, Zambia and the like to perform this surgery at their hospital. He had even tried to separate 2 conjoined female twins from Iran who were adults but it was not successful.
Ben has several publications and also penned books such ‘Gifted Hands’ (1996), ‘Think Big’ (2000), ‘The Big Picture’ (2006), ‘Take the Risk’ (2009).
Ben Carson the politician
He was a Republican but left it to become an independent candidate during the 2016 Presidential campaign since he was not happy at the accusations hurled at Hillary Clinton during the campaign. He later used to sometime praise Donald Trump and sometimes criticize him.
He was the Vice-Chairman of Trump’s transition team post-win. He was offered various positions which he declined but later on, took up the post of the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Though he faced criticism initially due to lack of experience, he was approved for the nomination. The increasing involvement of his son, wife, and daughter-in-law raised concerns. In 1994, Carson and his wife began the Carson Scholars Fund, which provides scholarships to students in grades 4–11 based on their “academic excellence and humanitarian qualities”. His net worth is estimated to be around $ 26 million.
Ben Carson early life
Ben Carson had a difficult childhood. He was the second son of Sonya Copeland and Robert Carson. His father was a Baptist Minister in Michigan. At age 8 of Ben, his parents divorced. His mother has single-handedly raised her two sons. Sonya was a school dropout who had tied the knot at the age of 13. But she persuaded her children and gave them the best education. She even did three jobs at one time to raise money for their education and rearing. He topped the class in Southwestern High School and later went to Yale University where he majored in psychology in 1973. He joined the Medical School of the University of Michigan. Here he specialized in neurosurgery.
Ben Carson wife and kids
He has many awards, prizes, and honors to his credit. In 1971, he met Lacena “Candy” Rustin at Yale Univesity. They tied the knot in 1975 and were blessed with three sons; Rhoeyce, Benjamin Jr., and Murray and several grandchildren.