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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 144,723 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). W. I. Thomas is the 28th most popular sociologist, the 1,751st most popular biography from United States (down from 1,670th in 2019) and the 7th most popular American Sociologist.

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Among sociologists, W. I. Thomas ranks 28 out of 54Before him are Daniel Bell, Paul Lazarsfeld, Robert Michels, Stuart Hall, Ziya Gökalp, and Robert E. Park. After him are Thomas Luckmann, Harold Garfinkel, Saskia Sassen, Ludwig Gumplowicz, Georges Gurvitch, and Amitai Etzioni.

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Among people born in 1863, W. I. Thomas ranks 41Before him are Archduke Eugen of Austria, Grand Duke George Mikhailovich of Russia, Charles Spearman, John Charles Fields, Henry Royce, and Mary Jane Kelly. After him are Leopold Berchtold, Hugo Münsterberg, Andrés Bonifacio, Ludwig Borchardt, Felix Weingartner, and Paul Painlevé. Among people deceased in 1947, W. I. Thomas ranks 61Before him are Slavko Kvaternik, Hermine Reuss of Greiz, William C. Durant, Franz Seldte, Gusztáv Jány, and Franz Xaver Schwarz. After him are Alice Keppel, Alfredo Casella, Ananda Coomaraswamy, Archduchess Louise of Austria, Heinrich Schwarz, and Helmuth von Pannwitz.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, W. I. Thomas ranks 1,751 out of 18,182Before him are Eric Schmidt (1955), Murray Bookchin (1921), Jeffrey DeMunn (1947), Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960), Mahalia Jackson (1911), and Glenn Frey (1948). After him are Robert Loggia (1930), Isamu Noguchi (1904), LeBron James (1984), Laura Dern (1967), John Carradine (1906), and Thornton Wilder (1897).

Among SOCIOLOGISTS In United States

Among sociologists born in United States, W. I. Thomas ranks 7Before him are Robert K. Merton (1910), Talcott Parsons (1902), Immanuel Wallerstein (1930), C. Wright Mills (1916), Daniel Bell (1919), and Robert E. Park (1864). After him are Harold Garfinkel (1917), Herbert Blumer (1900), Edwin Sutherland (1883), Charles Tilly (1929), David Riesman (1909), and Mark Granovetter (1943).