Burgess, Ernest Watson
- Barbara E. Johnson
Burgess, Ernest Watson (16 May 1886–27 December 1966), sociologist, was born in Tilbury, Ontario, Canada, the son of Edmund James Burgess, an Anglican minister and teacher, and Mary Ann Jane Wilson. Having moved to the United States as a young child, Burgess grew up in a conventional middle-class family in small towns in Michigan and Oklahoma. Early in life he appeared destined for an academic career; his first grade teacher nicknamed him “the little professor.” He attended public schools through tenth grade, completed high school at a private academy near his home, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Kingfisher College in Oklahoma in 1908. One of the first sociologists to complete his advanced education in the United States, Burgess received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1913....