country of citizenship: United States of America
languages spoken, written or signed: English
educated at: University of Pennsylvania
occupation: sociologist, university teacher
award received: Balzan Prize, Jefferson Lecture, Gordon J. Laing Award, W.E.B. Du Bois Career of Distinguished Scholarship award, AAAS Fellow
position held: Cleveringa chair
Edward Albert Shils (1 July 1910 – 23 January 1995) was a Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and in Sociology at the University of Chicago and an influential sociologist. He was known for his research on the role of intellectuals and their relations to power and public policy. His work was honored in 1983 when he was awarded the Balzan Prize. In 1979, he was selected by the National Council on the Humanities to give the Jefferson Lecture, the highest award given by the U.S. federal government for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.
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