A philosopher who procrastinated and got prized

The Chronicle of Higher Education expresses its pride at having published a paper that, years later, produced an Ig Nobel Prize:

15 Years After an Essay on Procrastination, a Philosopher Wins an Ig Nobel

John R. Perry [pictured here] is a prolific philosopher, with at least eight scholarly books and scores of journal articles to his credit.

He is also a self-diagnosed procrastinator and a self-help author of sorts, having written an essay called “How to Procrastinate and Still Get Things Done.” First published in 1996 in The Chronicle, the article established the principle of “structured procrastination,” which holds that “the procrastinator can be motivated to do difficult, timely, and important tasks, as long as these tasks are a way of not doing something more important.”

Mr. Perry, a professor emeritus of philosophy at Stanford University and an active professor of philosophy at the University of California at Riverside, won the 2011 Ig Nobel Prize in Literature on Thursday for the ideas set forth in that essay.

Seven genuine Nobel laureates handed out awards in literature and nine other categories at “the 21st First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony,” in Harvard University’s Sanders Theater…