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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 352,075 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). David Easton is the 17th most popular political scientist (down from 15th in 2019), the 101st most popular biography from Canada (down from 63rd in 2019) and the most popular Canadian Political Scientist.

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Among political scientists, David Easton ranks 17 out of 29Before him are Robert A. Dahl, Johan Galtung, Maurice Duverger, Gene Sharp, Joseph Nye, and Aleksandr Dugin. After him are Muhammad Asad, Robert D. Putnam, Arend Lijphart, Anton Friedrich Justus Thibaut, John Mearsheimer, and Leonard Hobhouse.

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Among people born in 1917, David Easton ranks 101Before him are László Szabó, Erich Rudorffer, Maya Deren, Augusto Roa Bastos, Yukio Tsuda, and Kamal Jumblatt. After him are Andrew Wyeth, Brad Dexter, Alexander Schmorell, Kunitaka Sueoka, Jânio Quadros, and Roque Máspoli. Among people deceased in 2014, David Easton ranks 97Before him are Ken Takakura, Go Seigen, Valeri Kubasov, Igor Mitoraj, Alicia Rhett, and Nicholas Romanov, Prince of Russia. After him are Sabah, Huber Matos, Alexander Imich, Mário Coluna, Björn Waldegård, and Alice Herz-Sommer.

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Among people born in Canada, David Easton ranks 101 out of 1,350Before him are Joe Weider (1919), Donna Strickland (1959), William Lyon Mackenzie King (1874), Denny Doherty (1940), Ian Stevenson (1918), and Steven Pinker (1954). After him are Walter Huston (1883), Conrad Bain (1923), Louis Slotin (1910), Norman Jewison (1926), Loreena McKennitt (1957), and Joseph Wiseman (1918).


Among political scientists born in Canada, David Easton ranks 1