Talcott Parsons

1902 - 1979

Photo of Talcott Parsons

Icon of person Talcott Parsons

Talcott Parsons (December 13, 1902 – May 8, 1979) was an American sociologist of the classical tradition, best known for his social action theory and structural functionalism. Parsons is considered one of the most influential figures in sociology in the 20th century. After earning a PhD in economics, he served on the faculty at Harvard University from 1927 to 1929. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Talcott Parsons has received more than 1,214,035 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia. Talcott Parsons is the 7th most popular sociologist (down from 6th in 2019), the 188th most popular biography from United States (up from 189th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Sociologist.

Talcott parsons is most famous for his work in the sociology of the family, which he began in the 1950s and continued until his death. Parsons was an influential sociologist who studied the ways in which social structures and social institutions affect society. He is best known for his work in the sociology of the family, which he began in the 1950s and continued until his death.

Memorability Metrics

  • 1.2M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 71.74

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 51

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 11.09

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.58

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Talcott Parsons by language


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

Most Popular Sociologists in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1902, Talcott Parsons ranks 11Before him are Carl Rogers, Paul Dirac, Leni Riefenstahl, Georgy Malenkov, John Steinbeck, and Isaac Bashevis Singer. After him are Halldór Laxness, Fernand Braudel, Ray Kroc, Saud of Saudi Arabia, Barbara McClintock, and Eugene Wigner. Among people deceased in 1979, Talcott Parsons ranks 5Before him are Josef Mengele, Park Chung-hee, John Wayne, and Giuseppe Meazza. After him are Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, Nino Rota, Herbert Marcuse, Jean Renoir, Hafizullah Amin, Jean Seberg, and Sándor Kocsis.

Others Born in 1902

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1979

Go to all Rankings

In United States

Among people born in United States, Talcott Parsons ranks 188 out of 18,182Before him are James Monroe (1758), Samuel Colt (1814), Richard Gere (1949), Carl Sagan (1934), Ray Bradbury (1920), and Tom Selleck (1945). After him are James Madison (1751), Scatman John (1942), Gary Cooper (1901), John Rawls (1921), Whitney Houston (1963), and John Jay (1745).

Among SOCIOLOGISTS In United States

Among sociologists born in United States, Talcott Parsons ranks 2Before him are Robert K. Merton (1910). 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), Edwin Sutherland (1883), Charles Tilly (1929), and David Riesman (1909).