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Robert K. Merton

1910 - 2003

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Robert King Merton (born Meyer Robert Schkolnick; July 4, 1910 – February 23, 2003) was an American sociologist who is considered a founding father of modern sociology, and a major contributor to the subfield of criminology. He served as the 47th president of the American Sociological Association. He spent most of his career teaching at Columbia University, where he attained the rank of University Professor. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert K. Merton has received more than 1,293,850 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Robert K. Merton is the 5th most popular sociologist (up from 7th in 2019), the 169th most popular biography from United States (up from 234th in 2019) and the most popular American Sociologist.

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

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Among sociologists, Robert K. Merton ranks 5 out of 54Before him are Max Weber, Émile Durkheim, Pierre Bourdieu, and Theodor W. Adorno. After him are Georg Simmel, Talcott Parsons, Erving Goffman, Anthony Giddens, Norbert Elias, Marcel Mauss, and Niklas Luhmann.

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Among people born in 1910, Robert K. Merton ranks 4Before him are Mother Teresa, Akira Kurosawa, and Jacques Cousteau. After him are Giuseppe Meazza, Irena Sendler, Ingrid of Sweden, Gloria Stuart, Konrad Zuse, Jean Genet, Paulette Goddard, and Django Reinhardt. Among people deceased in 2003, Robert K. Merton ranks 7Before him are Charles Bronson, Katharine Hepburn, Idi Amin, Leni Riefenstahl, Johnny Cash, and Gregory Peck. After him are Alija Izetbegović, Heydar Aliyev, Barry White, Maurice Gibb, Nina Simone, and Edward Teller.

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Among people born in United States, Robert K. Merton ranks 169 out of 18,182Before him are Gregory Peck (1916), George Gershwin (1898), Ava Gardner (1922), Buzz Aldrin (1930), Frederick Winslow Taylor (1856), and John Williams (1932). After him are Emily Dickinson (1830), Louis Sullivan (1856), Denzel Washington (1954), Herman Melville (1819), Herbert Hoover (1874), and Harvey Weinstein (1952).

Among SOCIOLOGISTS In United States

Among sociologists born in United States, Robert K. Merton ranks 1After him are Talcott Parsons (1902), Immanuel Wallerstein (1930), C. Wright Mills (1916), Daniel Bell (1919), Robert E. Park (1864), W. I. Thomas (1863), Harold Garfinkel (1917), Herbert Blumer (1900), Edwin Sutherland (1883), Charles Tilly (1929), and David Riesman (1909).