Anatol Rapoport (born May 22 1911) is a Russian-born American Jewish, mathematical psychologist. He is one of the founders of the General systems theory. He also contributed to Mathematical biology and to the mathematical modeling of Social interaction and Stochastic models of contagion. He combined his mathematical expertise with psychological insights to the study of Game theory and semantics. Rapoport extended these understandings into studies of psychological conflict, dealing with nuclear disarmament and international politics. ...more on Wikipedia about "Anatol Rapoport"
Anthony Stafford Beer ( September 25, 1926 - August 23, 2002) was a theorist in operational research and management cybernetics. ...more on Wikipedia about "Anthony Stafford Beer"
Arshad Tanveer is a leading figure in the area of practical General Systems Theory, and a strong proponent of John N. Warfield's graphical methods of modeling systems. Born in November 1975 in Nellore, Southern India, he graduated in Engineering from Osmania University in 1996. In 1999, he met George S. Chandy in the capacity of a software consultant and this meeting changed his outlook to life, systems and the world in general. Chandy is a prominent member of Warfield's systems community and in 1981 had developed the One Page Management System ( OPMS). ...more on Wikipedia about "Arshad Tanveer"
Charles West Churchman ( August 29, 1913 – March 21, 2004) was an American philosopher in the field of management science, operations research and systems theory. He is internationally known for his pioneering work in operations research and system analysis . ...more on Wikipedia about "C. West Churchman"
Donella "Dana" Meadows ( March 13, 1941 Elgin, Illinois, USA - February 20, 2001, New Hampshire) was a pioneering environmental scientist, a teacher and writer. She was the lead author of Limits to Growth, and proposed the twelve leverage points to intervene in a system. ...more on Wikipedia about "Donella Meadows"
Francis Heylighen (born 1960) is a Belgian cyberneticist. He works as a research professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, the Dutch-speaking Free University of Brussels, where he directs the transdisciplinary research group on " Evolution, Complexity and Cognition." ( ECCO ). His research focuses on the emergence and evolution of complex, intelligent organization. Applications include the origin of life, the development of multicellular organisms, knowledge, culture, and societies, and the impact of information and communication technologies on future social evolution. ...more on Wikipedia about "Francis Heylighen"
Gregory Bateson ( 9 May 1904– 4 July 1980) was a British anthropologist, social scientist, linguist and cyberneticist whose work intersected that of many other fields. Some of his most noted writings are to be found in his books, Steps to an Ecology of Mind, 1972, Mind and Nature, 1980, and Angels Fear 1988, (published post-humously and co-authored by his daughter Mary Catherine Bateson). ...more on Wikipedia about "Gregory Bateson"
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Heinz von Foerster ( November 13, 1911 - October 2, 2002) was a scientist combining physics and philosophy. He worked in the field of cybernetics and was essential for the development of the radical constructivism theory. He is also known for his interest in (computer) music and magic. ...more on Wikipedia about "Heinz von Foerster"
Herman Kahn ( February 15, 1922- July 7, 1983) was a military strategist and systems theorist employed at RAND Corporation, USA. ...more on Wikipedia about "Herman Kahn"
Ilya Prigogine ( Russian: Илья́ Рома́нович Приго́жин) ( January 25, 1917 – May 28, 2003) was a Belgian physicist and chemist noted for his work on dissipative structures, complex systems, and irreversibility. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ilya Prigogine"
Jay Wright Forrester (born 14 July 1918 Climax, Nebraska) is an American pioneer of computer engineering. He headed the Whirlwind project at the beginning of the 1950s the "Multi-coordinate digitally information storage device", the forerunner of today's RAM. He created the first animation in the history of computer graphics, a "jumping ball" on an oscilloscope. ...more on Wikipedia about "Jay Wright Forrester"
John Gall is an author and retired pediatrician. His book The Systems Bible, also known as Systemantics in earlier editions, is a critique of systems theory. He lives in Minnesota. ...more on Wikipedia about "John Gall"
John Nelson Warfield is an American electrical engineering an systems scientist. ...more on Wikipedia about "John N. Warfield"
Kenneth Ewart Boulding ( January 18 1910 - March 18 1993) was born in Liverpool, England, graduated from Oxford University, granted United States citizenship in 1948. Kenneth Boulding was a founder of numerous ongoing intellectual projects in economics and social science. Kenneth Ewart Boulding, "a polymath for all systems," was an economist, educator, poet, religious mystic, devoted Quaker, systems scientist, and interdisciplinary philosopher. He published over three dozen books and over one-hundred dozen articles. Current Contents found him to be one of those rare authors of a " Citation Classic." Indeed, even more rare, he was the author of two Citation Classics: The Image: Knowledge in Life and Society (1956) and Conflict and Defense: A General Theory (1962). ...more on Wikipedia about "Kenneth E. Boulding"
Karl Ludwig von Bertalanffy ( September_19, 1901, Vienna, Austria - June_12, 1972, New York, USA) was a biologist who was a founder of general systems theory--which he literally translated from the mathematization of Nicolai Hartmann's Ontology as stated by himself in his seminal work-- .An Austrian citizen, he did much work in Canada and the United States. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ludwig von Bertalanffy"
Margaret Mead ( December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978) was an American cultural anthropologist. ...more on Wikipedia about "Margaret Mead"
Niklas Luhmann ( December 8, 1927 - November 6, 1998) was a German sociologist, administration expert, and social systems theorist, as well as the founder of the sociological systems theory. ...more on Wikipedia about "Niklas Luhmann"
Norbert Wiener ( November 26, 1894 - March 18, 1964) was a U.S. mathematician and applied mathematician, especially in the field of electronics engineering. He was a pioneer in the study of stochastic processes (random processes) and noise processes, especially in the field of electronic communication systems and control systems. He known as the founder of cybernetics. He coined the term "cybernetics" in his book Cybernetics or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine (MIT Press, 1948), widely recognized as one of the most important books of contemporary scientific thinking. He is also considered by some to be the first American-born-and-trained mathematician on an intellectual par with the traditional bastions of mathematical learning in Europe. (Others give this honor to George David Birkhoff, who came a decade earlier.) He thus represents a watershed period in American mathematics. Wiener did much valuable work in defense systems for the United States, particularly during World War II and the Cold War. ...more on Wikipedia about "Norbert Wiener"
Paul Watzlawick PhD (* July 25, 1921 in Villach, Austria) is one of the world's leading theoreticians in Communication Theory and Radical Constructivism and very important inspiration in the field of family therapy and general psychotherapy. He is living and working in California. ...more on Wikipedia about "Paul Watzlawick"
British academic Peter Checkland ( 1930 - ) is the developer of soft systems methodology (SSM) in the field of systems thinking. ...more on Wikipedia about "Peter Checkland"
Peter M. Senge was the Director of the Center for Organizational Learning at the MIT Sloan School of Management and presently (2005) is on the faculty at MIT and is the founding chair of * SoL, the Society for Organizational Learning . He emerged in the 1990s as a major figure in organizational development with his book The Fifth Discipline where he developed the notion of a learning organization, which views organizations as dynamical systems (as defined in Systemics) in a state of continuous adaptation and improvement . ...more on Wikipedia about "Peter Senge"
Robert Rosen ( June 27, 1934, Brooklyn, New York - December 28, 1998, Rochester, New York) was an American theoretical biologist and, later in life, a Professor of Biophysics at Dalhousie University until he retired. His main interest was developing a specific definition of complexity and an ensuing theoretical framework, now called "Rosennean Complexity". His main focus was the question: " what is life?" ("why are organisms alive?") ...more on Wikipedia about "Robert Rosen"
Russell Lincoln Ackoff (born 12 February, 1919) is a Professor Emeritus of the Wharton School in operations research and systems theory. In 1957, his book Introduction to Operations Research, co-authored with C. West Churchman and Leonard Arnoff, appeared as a pioneering text that helped define the field. Dr. Ackoff also has been referred to as the dean of the systems thinking community. ...more on Wikipedia about "Russell L. Ackoff"
Simona Poustilnik (born 1961) is a Russian biologist and philosopher, historian of science, also science journalist. Major research in the area of Bogdanov's Tectology, especially biological aspects, discusses Darwin's influence on Bogdanov's thought. Bogdanov's Tectology was a precursor of Systems theory. Research in history of Russian cosmism. ...more on Wikipedia about "Simona Poustilnik"
Talcott Parsons ( December 13, 1902- May 8, 1979) was for many years the best-known sociologist in the United States, and indeed one of the best-known in the world. His work was enormously influential through the 1950s and well into the 1960s, particularly in America, but fell gradually out of favour from that time on. The most prominent attempt to revive Parsonian thinking, under the rubric "neofunctionalism," has been made by the sociologist Jeffrey Alexander, now at Yale University. ...more on Wikipedia about "Talcott Parsons"
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