I was born in Cologne, Germany in 1927, left Nazi Germany for England on December 31, 1938, arrived in America in 1940, and became an American citizen in 1945. After graduating from the College of the University of Chicago in 1947, I received my M.A. in Sociology and Social Science from Chicago in 1950, and my Ph.D. in Planning and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1957. Thus, I was trained both as a sociologist and a planner.

From 1950 to 1953 I was a planner in private and public agencies, including an architectural firm where I did social research to help plan two new towns; and at H.H.F.A., the predecessor of the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. Since then I have been an academic at the University of Pennsylvania, Teachers College of Columbia University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Columbia University.

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Positions Held:

1953-1964: Lecturer to Assoc. Professor of Urban Studies, Dept. of City Planning, Univ.of Pennsylvania
1964-1969: Assoc. and Adjunct Professor, Teachers College; also Research Assoc., Institute for Urban Studies to Senior Staff Sociologist, Center for Urban Education
1969-1971: Professor of Sociology and Planning, Dept. of Urban Studies and Planning, Mass. Inst. of Technology, and Faculty Associate, M.I.T.- Harvard Joint Center for Urban Studies.
Since 1971, I have been in the Dept. of Sociology at Columbia University:
1971-1985: Professor of Sociology (Ford Foundation Urban Chair)
1985-2007: Robert S. Lynd Professor
2007 – : R S Lynd Professor Emeritus and Special Lecturer