Deutsch, Karl W. (Karl Wolfgang), 1912-1992

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Karl Wolfgang Deutsch (1912-1992) was a Harvard professor of government and a pioneer in applying mathematics and the techniques of cybernetics to the study of politics. He was born in Prague and graduated from the German University there in 1934. He received a law degree in 1938 from Charles University in Prague, where he was a leader of anti-Nazi students. In 1938 he came to the United States. He worked in the Office of Strategic Services during the Second World War. In 1951, he earned his PhD in government from Harvard University. Deutsch taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology starting well before he earned his PhD (1942-1958) and at Yale University from 1958-1967 before joining the Harvard faculty. Deutsch was a professor of government at Harvard University from 1967-1971 and Stanfield Professor of International Peace from 1971 until his retirement in 1985. Deutsch left a legacy of innovation in applying quantitative methods to social-science research and in assembling data on population movements, languages, and international trade.

From the description of Papers of Karl Deutsch, 1939-1990. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77064861

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referencedIn Merritt, Richard L. Papers, 1969-1980. University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
creatorOf Deutsch, Karl W. (Karl Wolfgang), 1912-1992. Papers of Karl Deutsch, 1939-1990. Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Erik H. and Joan M. Erikson papers, 1925-1985 (inclusive) 1960-1980 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Wiener, Norbert papers Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries
referencedIn Stanford University Press archival book copies, 1900-2012 Cecil H. Green Library. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Conference on Science, Philosophy, and Religion. Records. 1939-1977. 1940-1968. Ocean County College Library, OCC Library
creatorOf Beacon Press. Letters, 1951-1957, to Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Lerner, Max, 1902-2001. Max Lerner papers, 1927-1992 (inclusive). Yale University Library
creatorOf Beacon Press. Correspondence, 1951-1956, from Lewis Mumford. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Max Lerner papers, 1927-1998 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
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associatedWith Beacon Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Conference on Science, Philosophy, and Religion. corporateBody
associatedWith Deutsch, Ruth. person
correspondedWith Erikson, Erik H. (Erik Homburger), 1902-1994 person
associatedWith Harvard University corporateBody
associatedWith Harvard University. Dept. of Government. corporateBody
associatedWith Lerner, Max, 1902- person
associatedWith Lerner, Max, 1902-2001. person
correspondedWith Merritt, Richard L. person
associatedWith Stanford University. Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Wiener, Norbert, 1894-1964 person
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Political science
Social sciences
Social sciences


Birth 1912-07-21

Death 1992-11-01




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SNAC ID: 67097611