David Easton

1917 - 2014

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David Easton (June 24, 1917 – July 19, 2014) was a Canadian-born American political scientist. From 1947 to 1997, he served as a professor of political science at the University of Chicago. At the forefront of both the behavioralist and post-behavioralist revolutions in the discipline of political science during the 1950s and 1970s, Easton provided the discipline's most widely used definition of politics as the authoritative allocation of values for the society. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of David Easton has received more than 416,712 page views. His biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). David Easton is the 14th most popular political scientist (up from 16th in 2019), the 55th most popular biography from Canada (up from 101st in 2019) and the most popular Canadian Political Scientist.

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Among political scientists, David Easton ranks 14 out of 46Before him are Hans Morgenthau, Ralf Dahrendorf, Aleksandr Dugin, Benedict Anderson, Gene Sharp, and Maurice Duverger. After him are Robert A. Dahl, Joseph Nye, John Mearsheimer, Muhammad Asad, Anton Friedrich Justus Thibaut, and Ilan Pappé.

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Among people born in 1917, David Easton ranks 62Before him are Thelonious Monk, Susan Hayward, John Fenn, Masahiko Kimura, Asmahan, and Herbert Lom. After him are Rodney Robert Porter, Dinu Lipatti, Juan Rulfo, Yigael Yadin, David McClelland, and Kunitaka Sueoka. Among people deceased in 2014, David Easton ranks 54Before him are Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba, Gerald Edelman, Udo Jürgens, Miklós Jancsó, Dale T. Mortensen, and Hans Hollein. After him are Ernesto Laclau, Stephanie Kwolek, Jean-Claude Duvalier, Robert A. Dahl, James Garner, and Tito Vilanova.

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Among people born in Canada, David Easton ranks 55 out of 1,622Before him are William Vickrey (1914), Charles Brenton Huggins (1901), Ryan Gosling (1980), Oscar Peterson (1925), Lois Maxwell (1927), and Maye Musk (1948). After him are Mylène Farmer (1961), Mack Sennett (1880), Norman Jewison (1926), Maud Lewis (1903), John Candy (1950), and Brian Tracy (1944).


Among political scientists born in Canada, David Easton ranks 1After him are Bruce Gilley (1966), and Katharine Hayhoe (1972).