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.