C. Wright Mills

1916 - 1962

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Charles Wright Mills (August 28, 1916 – March 20, 1962) was an American sociologist, and a professor of sociology at Columbia University from 1946 until his death in 1962. Mills was published widely in popular and intellectual journals. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of C. Wright Mills has received more than 818,890 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). C. Wright Mills is the 18th most popular sociologist (up from 19th in 2019), the 752nd most popular biography from United States (up from 811th in 2019) and the 4th most popular American Sociologist.

C. Wright Mills is most famous for his book, The Sociological Imagination, which discusses the need for a sociological imagination in order to understand social problems.

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Among sociologists, C. Wright Mills ranks 18 out of 54Before him are Karl Mannheim, Immanuel Wallerstein, Niklas Luhmann, Gabriel Tarde, Ulrich Beck, and Pitirim Sorokin. After him are Peter L. Berger, Robert Michels, Daniel Bell, Manuel Castells, Alain Touraine, and Paul Lazarsfeld.

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Among people born in 1916, C. Wright Mills ranks 24Before him are Yehudi Menuhin, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Maurice Wilkins, Robert McNamara, Tsutomu Yamaguchi, and Camilo José Cela. After him are Alexander Prokhorov, Peter Finch, P. W. Botha, Paul Keres, Peter Weiss, and Vitaly Ginzburg. Among people deceased in 1962, C. Wright Mills ranks 23Before him are Michael Curtiz, Hans Luther, Vasily Stalin, Fritz Kreisler, Natalia Goncharova, and Charles Laughton. After him are René Coty, Therese Neumann, Hans-Jürgen von Arnim, Bruno Walter, Georgios Papanikolaou, and Alfred Cortot.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, C. Wright Mills ranks 752 out of 15,968Before him are Georgia O'Keeffe (1887), Charles Cooley (1864), Ray Manzarek (1939), Jayne Mansfield (1933), Ambrose Bierce (1842), and John Belushi (1949). After him are Joe DiMaggio (1914), John Dos Passos (1896), Lex Barker (1919), Aaron T. Beck (1921), George Foreman (1949), and Philip Zimbardo (1933).

Among SOCIOLOGISTS In United States

Among sociologists born in United States, C. Wright Mills ranks 4Before him are Talcott Parsons (1902), Robert K. Merton (1910), and Immanuel Wallerstein (1930). After him are Daniel Bell (1919), Robert E. Park (1864), W. I. Thomas (1863), Harold Garfinkel (1917), Herbert Blumer (1900), David Riesman (1909), Edwin Sutherland (1883), and Seymour Martin Lipset (1922).