Mead, George Herbert, 1863-1931

Alternative names
Birth 1863-02-27
Death 1931-04-26

Biographical notes:

Philosopher, social psychologist, and educator. A.B., Oberlin College, 1883; A.B., Harvard University, 1888; graduate student of philosophy, Leipzig and Berlin, 1888-91. Instructor in philosophy, University of Michigan, 1891-93; assistant professor, 1893-94. Assistant professor of philosophy, University of Chicago, 1894-1902; associate professor, 1902-07; professor, 1907-31. Chairman of the Department of Philosophy, 1930.

From the description of Papers, 1883-1964 (inclusive), 1883-1936 (bulk). (University of Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 52250227

Mead was born in South Hadley, Massachusetts, in 1863, the son of a clergyman, Hiram Mead. Seven years later, the family moved to Oberlin, Ohio, where his father took the chair in Homiletics at the Theological Seminary of Oberlin College. In 1879, George entered Oberlin where he met two students from Hawaii, Henry and Helen Castle. In 1891, Mead married Henry's sister Helen. A year later, their only child, Henry Castle Albert Mead, was born.

Mead taught from 1891 to 1894 at the University of Michigan, and at the University of Chicago from 1894 to the year of his death. A prominent American thinker, Mead is studied for his work in social psychology and social philosophy, systematic pragmatism, and the history of ideas, as well as for his relationship with his friend and contemporary, John Dewey.

Mead published many books and articles including; Philosophy of the Present (1932), Mind, Self and Society (1934), Movements of Thought in the Nineteenth Century (1936), and Philosophy of the Act (1938).

George Herbert Mead died in 1931.

From the guide to the Mead, George Herbert. Papers, 1883-1964, (Special Collections Research Center University of Chicago Library 1100 East 57th Street Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.)


Loading Relationships


Ark ID:


  • Philosophers
  • Social psychology
  • Philosophy


not available for this record


not available for this record