Harold Lasswell

1902 - 1978

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Harold Dwight Lasswell (February 13, 1902 – December 18, 1978) was an American political scientist and communications theorist. He earned his bachelor's degree in philosophy and economics and was a PhD student at the University of Chicago. He was a professor of law at Yale University. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Harold Lasswell has received more than 388,835 page views. His biography is available in 33 different languages on Wikipedia. Harold Lasswell is the 5th most popular political scientist (down from 4th in 2019), the 614th most popular biography from United States (up from 617th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Political Scientist.

Harold Lasswell is most famous for his work on propaganda and the use of communication in politics.

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Among political scientists, Harold Lasswell ranks 5 out of 29Before him are Zygmunt Bauman, Samuel P. Huntington, Étienne de La Boétie, and Francis Fukuyama. After him are Georg Jellinek, Hans Morgenthau, Christian Lous Lange, Benedict Anderson, Ralf Dahrendorf, Robert A. Dahl, and Johan Galtung.

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Among people born in 1902, Harold Lasswell ranks 27Before him are Walter Houser Brattain, Kurt Alder, Josemaría Escrivá, Arne Tiselius, Meyer Lansky, and Arne Jacobsen. After him are Marcel Breuer, Mikhail Suslov, Alva Myrdal, Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque, Reinhard Gehlen, and Alexander Luria. Among people deceased in 1978, Harold Lasswell ranks 23Before him are Umberto Nobile, Ronnie Peterson, Ricardo Zamora, Kurt Student, Hasso von Manteuffel, and Willy Messerschmitt. After him are John Cazale, Harry Martinson, Houari Boumédiène, Claude François, Norman Rockwell, and W. Eugene Smith.

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Among people born in United States, Harold Lasswell ranks 614 out of 18,182Before him are Jared Diamond (1937), Burt Reynolds (1936), Theodore Dreiser (1871), William T. G. Morton (1819), Philip Zimbardo (1933), and Jack Kilby (1923). After him are Buddy Holly (1936), Priscilla Presley (1945), Rod Steiger (1925), Ron Perlman (1950), Francis Gary Powers (1929), and Gloria Gaynor (1947).


Among political scientists born in United States, Harold Lasswell ranks 3Before him are Samuel P. Huntington (1927) and Francis Fukuyama (1952). After him are Robert A. Dahl (1915), Gene Sharp (1928), Joseph Nye (1937), Robert D. Putnam (1941), John Mearsheimer (1947), William Graham Sumner (1840), Norman Finkelstein (1953), Robert Keohane (1941), and Graham Allison (1940).