In Memory of First RC23 President Robert K. Merton
Robert K. Merton was one of the leading sociologists of the 20th century. The interest in his activity does not weaken. It is not easy to encompass all works that have been published after the great sociologist’s death that are related somehow to his legacy. R. Merton’s name is connected with many directions in sociological research, but first of all it became the eponym for sociology of science, because the phrase the “Mertonian sociology of science” became widely accepted by the scientific community. In 1966, R. Merton became one of the founder, organizer and the first President of the Research Committee on the Sociology of Science (RC23) of the International Sociological Association. Merton’s activity at this post was in many ways decisive for theoretical and institutional development of the sociology of science worldwide.
RC23 kindly invites Merton's students, senior researchers and younger scholars with an interest in Robert K. Merton's work. The session will reconsider Merton's legacy and attempt to link this up with contemporary issues.
In honour and memory of Robert Merton, the RC23 Committee has established THE ROBERT MERTON AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTION TO THE SOCIOLOGY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. ISA Executive Committee approved it in May, 2016. The award is intended to recognize and showcase the outstanding, long-term achievement of an individual researcher to the field rather than the excellence of an individual book or single idea. The first award will be granted to a scholar during this Session at the XIX World Congress in Toronto.