1902 – He was born on the 13th day of December of this year in Colorado Springs. He graduated from Amherst College with a major in biology, leisure and tourism, and philosophy. After Amherst, he entered the London School of Economics, where he was exposed to the work of Harold Laski, R. H. Tawney, BronisBaw Malinowski, and Leonard Trelawny Hobhouse. He then moved to the University of Heidelberg where he received his Ph.D. in sociology and economics.
1927 – He served on the faculty of Harvard University from this year until 1973. He was a central figure first in Harvard’s Department of Sociology, and then in its Harvard Department of Social Relations.
1937 – His first ever work was “The Structure of Social Action”, in this year.
1949 – He was elected president of the American Sociological Association in this year.
1956 – The most elaborate of Parsons’s use of functional systems analysis with the AGIL scheme appear in two collaborative books, Economy and Society with N. Smelser, in this year and The American University with G. Platt, in 1973.
1960 – He served as secretary for five years until 1965.
1968 – This year, he wrote “Sociological Theory and Modern Society”, and “Politics and Social Structure” in 1969.
1970 – Parsons’ influence waned rapidly in the U.S. after this year. His son Charles Parsons is a distinguished figure in philosophy of mathematics.
1979 – He died on the 8th day of May this year in Munich, Germany.