W. I. Thomas

1863 - 1947

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William Isaac Thomas (August 13, 1863 – December 5, 1947) was an American sociologist, understood today as a key figure behind the theory of symbolic interactionism. Collaborating with Polish sociologist Florian Znaniecki, Thomas developed and influenced the use of empirical methodologies in sociological research and contributed theories to the sociology of migration. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of W. I. Thomas has received more than 161,652 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia. W. I. Thomas is the 34th most popular sociologist (down from 28th in 2019), the 2,183rd most popular biography from United States (down from 1,750th in 2019) and the 9th most popular American Sociologist.

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Over the past year W. I. Thomas has had the most page views in the with 18,963 views, followed by Spanish (4,149), and Italian (3,822). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Basque (82.64%), Kirghiz (75.76%), and Slovak (64.46%)


Among sociologists, W. I. Thomas ranks 34 out of 79Before him are Robert E. Park, Howard S. Becker, Stuart Hall, Ludwig Gumplowicz, Georges Gurvitch, and Harold Garfinkel. After him are Andre Gunder Frank, Herbert Blumer, Amitai Etzioni, Charles Tilly, Mark Granovetter, and David Riesman.

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Among people born in 1863, W. I. Thomas ranks 55Before him are Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia, Alexander Siloti, Manuel Gomes da Costa, Hermann Bahr, Hugo Haase, and Arthur Machen. After him are Paul Drude, Qasim Amin, Princess Isabella of Bavaria, S. Ansky, Fyodor Sologub, and Charles Martin Hall. Among people deceased in 1947, W. I. Thomas ranks 70Before him are Hugh Lofting, Archduchess Louise of Austria, William C. Durant, Osami Nagano, Alice Keppel, and Arthur Machen. After him are Ludwig Fischer, Paul P. Harris, Helmuth von Pannwitz, Heinrich Schwarz, William Moulton Marston, and Lucjan Żeligowski.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, W. I. Thomas ranks 2,183 out of 20,380Before him are Tobe Hooper (1943), William Carlos Williams (1883), Ron Johnson (1955), Peter Diamond (1940), Joan Didion (1934), and Buddy Rich (1917). After him are Eunice Kennedy Shriver (1921), Cindy Crawford (1966), John Barrymore (1882), Henry King (1886), Anna Moffo (1932), and Charles M. Rice (1952).

Among SOCIOLOGISTS In United States

Among sociologists born in United States, W. I. Thomas ranks 9Before him are Immanuel Wallerstein (1930), C. Wright Mills (1916), Daniel Bell (1919), Robert E. Park (1864), Howard S. Becker (1928), and Harold Garfinkel (1917). After him are Herbert Blumer (1900), Charles Tilly (1929), Mark Granovetter (1943), David Riesman (1909), Seymour Martin Lipset (1922), and James Samuel Coleman (1926).