Paul Lazarsfeld

1901 - 1976

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Paul Felix Lazarsfeld (February 13, 1901 – August 30, 1976) was an Austrian-American sociologist. The founder of Columbia University's Bureau of Applied Social Research, he exerted influence over the techniques and the organization of social research. "It is not so much that he was an American sociologist," one colleague said of him after his death, "as it was that he determined what American sociology would be." Lazarsfeld said that his goal was "to produce Paul Lazarsfelds".: 3  The two main accomplishments he is associated with can be analyzed within two lenses of analysis: research institutes, methodology, as well as his research content itself. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul Lazarsfeld has received more than 209,631 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). Paul Lazarsfeld is the 23rd most popular sociologist (up from 24th in 2019), the 240th most popular biography from Austria (up from 280th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Sociologist.

Paul Lazarsfeld was most famous for his work in the field of sociology. He was one of the founders of the University of Columbia's Bureau of Applied Social Research, which is now the Department of Sociology. He is also credited with developing the two-step flow theory.

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Among sociologists, Paul Lazarsfeld ranks 23 out of 54Before him are Manuel Castells, Pitirim Sorokin, Peter L. Berger, C. Wright Mills, Alain Touraine, and Daniel Bell. After him are Robert Michels, Stuart Hall, Ziya Gökalp, Robert E. Park, W. I. Thomas, and Thomas Luckmann.

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Among people born in 1901, Paul Lazarsfeld ranks 57Before him are Eisaku Satō, Itzhak Stern, Charles Brenton Huggins, Alice Prin, Walter Hallstein, and José Leandro Andrade. After him are Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Erhard Heiden, Princess Sophie of Hohenberg, Luis Monti, Milada Horáková, and Vasili Kuznetsov. Among people deceased in 1976, Paul Lazarsfeld ranks 43Before him are Andrei Grechko, René Cassin, Mitsuo Fuchida, Knud, Hereditary Prince of Denmark, Prince Paul of Yugoslavia, and Silvana Armenulić. After him are Eileen Gray, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Yonatan Netanyahu, Lin Yutang, George Ostrogorsky, and João Goulart.

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Among people born in Austria, Paul Lazarsfeld ranks 240 out of 1,237Before him are Klaus Ebner (1964), Alexander Wienerberger (1891), Archduchess Elisabeth Franziska of Austria (1892), Bruno Kreisky (1911), Karl Seitz (1869), and Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria (1762). After him are Walter Nowotny (1920), Leopold VI, Duke of Austria (1176), Karl Lueger (1844), Maria Leopoldine of Austria (1632), Claudia Felicitas of Austria (1653), and Ludwig von Bertalanffy (1901).


Among sociologists born in Austria, Paul Lazarsfeld ranks 2Before him are Peter L. Berger (1929).