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.
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