SOCIOLOGIST

Robert K. Merton

1910 - 2003

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Robert King Merton (born Meyer Robert Schkolnick; 4 July 1910 – 23 February 2003) was an American sociologist who is considered a founding father of modern sociology, and a major contributor to the subfield of criminology. He spent most of his career teaching at Columbia University, where he attained the rank of University Professor. In 1994 he was awarded the National Medal of Science for his contributions to the field and for having founded the sociology of science.Merton developed notable concepts, such as "unintended consequences", the "reference group", and "role strain", but is perhaps best known for the terms "role model" and "self-fulfilling prophecy". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert K. Merton has received more than 893,054 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Robert K. Merton is the 7th most popular sociologist (up from 9th in 2019), the 234th most popular biography from United States (up from 273rd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular American Sociologist.

Robert K. Merton is most famous for his theory of social structure and anomie.

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Among SOCIOLOGISTS

Among sociologists, Robert K. Merton ranks 7 out of 54. Before him are Max Weber, Émile Durkheim, Pierre Bourdieu, Theodor W. Adorno, Georg Simmel, and Talcott Parsons. After him are Erving Goffman, Anthony Giddens, Norbert Elias, Marcel Mauss, Karl Mannheim, and Immanuel Wallerstein.

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Contemporaries

Among people born in 1910, Robert K. Merton ranks 7Before him are Mother Teresa, Akira Kurosawa, Jacques Cousteau, Irena Sendler, Giuseppe Meazza, and Gloria Stuart. After him are Ingrid of Sweden, Django Reinhardt, Konrad Zuse, Jean Genet, Paulette Goddard, and Ronald Coase. Among people deceased in 2003, Robert K. Merton ranks 10Before him are Leni Riefenstahl, Idi Amin, Gregory Peck, Alija Izetbegović, Heydar Aliyev, and Barry White. After him are Nina Simone, Edward Teller, Edward Said, Ilya Prigogine, Robert Kardashian, and Elia Kazan.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Robert K. Merton ranks 234 out of 15,968. Before him are Robert Andrews Millikan (1868), Sigourney Weaver (1949), Benjamin Harrison (1833), Henry Miller (1891), Tommy Lee Jones (1946), and Andrew Jackson (1767). After him are Robert Fulton (1765), William James Sidis (1898), Mario Puzo (1920), Lawrence Kohlberg (1927), Gene Hackman (1930), and Miles Davis (1926).

Among SOCIOLOGISTS In United States

Among sociologists born in United States, Robert K. Merton ranks 2Before him are Talcott Parsons (1902). After him are Immanuel Wallerstein (1930), C. Wright Mills (1916), 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).