Robert K. Merton

1910 - 2003

Robert K. Merton

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 827,078 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 9th most popular sociologist.

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Among sociologists, Robert K. Merton ranks 9 out of 47Before him are Pierre Bourdieu, Theodor W. Adorno, Georg Simmel, Talcott Parsons, Erving Goffman, and Anthony Giddens. After him are Norbert Elias, Niklas Luhmann, Marcel Mauss, Karl Mannheim, Gabriel Tarde, and Ulrich Beck.

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Among people born in 1910, Robert K. Merton ranks 8Before him are Akira Kurosawa, Jacques Cousteau, Giuseppe Meazza, Irena Sendler, Gloria Stuart, and Django Reinhardt. After him are Ingrid of Sweden, Jean Genet, Konrad Zuse, Ronald Coase, Paulette Goddard, and Eric Berne. Among people deceased in 2003, Robert K. Merton ranks 12Before him are Alija Izetbegović, Gregory Peck, Heydar Aliyev, Barry White, Nina Simone, and Edward Teller. After him are Ilya Prigogine, Elia Kazan, Maurice Gibb, Edward Said, Soong Mei-ling, and Robert Kardashian.

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Among people born in United States, Robert K. Merton ranks 273 out of 12,171Before him are Philip Roth (1933), Raymond Chandler (1888), John Bardeen (1908), Shirley MacLaine (1934), John Stith Pemberton (1831), and William Henry Harrison (1773). After him are Clinton Davisson (1881), O. J. Simpson (1947), Joe Dassin (1938), Calvin Coolidge (1872), Aretha Franklin (1942), and Bruce Springsteen (1949).

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), W. I. Thomas (null), Robert E. Park (1864), Harold Garfinkel (1917), Seymour Martin Lipset (1922), Herbert Blumer (1900), Charles Tilly (1929), and Edwin Sutherland (1883).

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