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Thomas A. Sebeok, Hungarian Linguist, author, educator ( hum: library study, Educated)linguist, author, educator.

Background

Sebeok, Thomas Albert was born on November 9, 1920 in Budapest, Hungary. Son of Dezso and Veronica (Perlman) Sebeok. came to the United States, 1937, naturalized, 1944.

Education

Bachelor, University Chicago, 1941. Master of Arts, Princeton, 1943. Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton, 1945.

Doctor of Philosophy honoris causa, University Budapest, Hungary, 1990. Doctor honoris causa, University Nacional de Rosario, Argentina, 1991. Doctor of Science honoris causa, University Southern Illinois, 1991.

Doctor of Science honoris causa, New Bulgarian University, 1996. Doctor of Science honoris causa, University Helsinki, Finland, 1997.

Career

Member faculty, Indiana U., Bloomington, since 1943;Distinguished professor linguistics, Indiana U., Bloomington, 1967-1978;Distinguished professor linguistics and semiotics, Indiana U., Bloomington, 1978-1991;Distinguished professor emeritus, Indiana U., Bloomington, since 1991;professor anthropology, professor Uralic and Altaic studies, fellow Folklore Institute, Indiana U., Bloomingtonmember Russian and East European Institute, Indiana U., Bloomingtonchairman Research Center for Language and Semiotic Studies, Indiana U., Bloomington, 1956-1991;chairman emeritus Graduate Program in Semiotic Studies, Indiana U., Bloomington, since 1991. Member-at-large NAS-National Research Council, also member various committees. Lecturer various acads.and universities, United States and abroad.

Visiting professor University of Michigan, 1945, 58, U. P.R.,1949, U. New Mexico, 1953, U. Arizona, 1958-1959, U. Vienna, 1963, U. Besançon, 1965, U. Hamburg, 1966, U. Bucharest, 1967, 69, University of Illinois, 1968,U. Colorado, 1969, Stanford University, 1971, U. South Florida, 1972, Linguistic Society American professor, 1975, International Christian U., Tokyo, 1985, U. Quebec, 1985, El Colegio de Mexico, 1987, University of Republic, Montevideo, Uraguey, 1987, others. Distinguished visiting professor International Summer Institute for Semiotic and Structural Studies, 1980-1988. Consultant Ford Foundation, Guggenheim Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, United States Office Education, National Science Foundation, fellowship division National Academy Sciences, Canada Council.

Panel member for linguistics National Endowment for Humanities, 1966-1967. Member United States delegate to permanent council International Union Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, 1970-1973. United States delegate Comité International Permanent des Linguistes, since 1972.

Member international science council Royaumont Center for Science of Man, since 1973. Exchange professor NAS-Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics Academy Sciences, 1973. Regents fellow SmithsonianInstn., 1983-1984.

Adjunct fellow Woodrow Wilson Internat Center for Scholars, 1983-1984, member program on history, culture and society, 1986-1987.

Works

Membership

Member faculty Indiana U., Bloomington, since 1943, Distinguished professor linguistics, 1967-1978, Distinguished professor linguistics and semiotics, 1978-1991, professor anthropology, Uralic and Altaic studies, chairman, founder department Uralic and Altaic studies, chairman research ctr.lang. and semiotic studies, 1956-1991, chairman emeritus, 1991-1993, interim director, 1991-1992, acting director, 1992-1993, director Uralic and Altaic Language and Area Center, Air Force language training program, human relations area files, 1965-1969, distinguished professor emeritus linguistics and semiotics, 1991^, professor emeritus anthropology, 1991^, Uralic and Altaic Studies, 1991^, folklore, 1991^, chairman emeritus graduate program semiotic studies, 1991^. FellowFolklore Institute, American Folklore Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Anthropological Association (Distinguished Svc. award 1984), Culture Learning Institute, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, New York Academy Sciences, Linguistic Society American (secretary-treasurer 1969-1973, vice president, acting secretary-treasurer 1974, president 1975. Member United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (president workinggroup langs. and their history 1981^), Centro Comasco di Semiotica (honorary), Society Science Exploration, Association d'Estudis Semiotics de Barcelona (honorary), Toronto Semiotic Circle (honorary), Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Semiotik (honorary), Magyar Szemiotikai Társaság, Österreichische Gesellschaft für Semiotik (honorary.

Member presidium), Nordic Association Semiotic Studies (honorary), Balkan Semiotic Society (honorary), International Association Semiotics Space, Association for Philosophy of Science, Psychotherapy and Ethics, Federation American Scientists, International Society for History Rhetoric, Central States Anthropological Society (past president), Semiotic Society American (secretary-treasurer 1975,executive director 1976-1980, chairman editorial board 1976-1980, vice president 1983, president 1984), Indianapolis Zoological Society (education advising committee), American Association for Machine Translation and Computational Linguistics (Executive Board 1964-1966), Animal Behavior Society, International House of Japan, International Brotherhood Magicians, Sigma Xi. Clubs: Cosmos, University (Chicago), Explorers.

Connections

Son of; married Eleanor Lawton, September 1947. 1 child, Veronica C. Married Jean Umiker, October 1972.

Children: Jessica A., Erica L.

father:
Dezso Sebeok

mother:
Veronica (Perlman) Sebeok

spouse:
Eleanor Lawton

spouse:
Jean Umiker

child:
Veronica C. Sebeok

child:
Jessica A. Sebeok

child:
Erica L. Sebeok