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Merton, Robert King

Born: 1910 AD
Died: 2003 AD

1910 – Born on the 4th of July, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

1936 – Receiving a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

1938 – His first work in the sociology of science, Science, Technology and Society in Seventeenth Century England.

1939 – He next served on the faculty of Tulane University.

1941 – Appointment at Columbia University.

1946 – Mass Persuasion.

         – Appointment at Columbia University.

1963 – He was named Giddings Professor of Sociology.

1965 – On the Shoulders of Giants.

1967 – On Theoretical Sociology.

1969 – Social Theory and Functional Analysis.

1971 – He served as associate director of the university’s Bureau of Applied Social Research, which had opened under the direction of Paul Lazarsfeld one year before Merton’s arrival.

1973 – The Sociology of Science.

1976 – Their academic collaboration, strengthened the standards of training for the social sciences.

         – Social Ambivalence and Other Essays.

1994 – Merton became the first sociologist to receive a National Medal of Science.

1997 – His son, economist Robert C. Merton, won a Nobel Prize.