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Hagood, Margaret Loyd Jarman (26 October 1907–13 August 1963), sociologist and demographer, was born in Newton County, Georgia, the daughter of Lewis Jarman, who became president of Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Laura Harris. Hagood was the second of four daughters and two sons, and she was one of two daughters to earn a doctorate. In 1926 she stopped attending Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia, to marry her childhood sweetheart Middleton Howard Hagood. One year later she had her only child, a daughter also named Margaret. In 1929, at the age of twenty-two, Hagood earned an A.B. at Queens College. One year later she earned an M.A. in mathematics at Emory University in Atlanta. In 1936 she was divorced from her husband, and the following year she completed her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill....

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Lotka, Alfred James (02 March 1880–05 December 1949), statistician and demographer, was born in Lemberg, Austria-Hungary (now Lwiw, Ukraine), the son of Jacques Lotka and Marie Doebely, religious missionaries who, although American citizens, lived most of their lives in Europe. Lotka’s boyhood was spent in France and Germany. He attended the University of Birmingham (England), receiving his B.Sc. in 1901. He was broadly interested in physics, chemistry, and biology, and even at this period saw mathematical links between phenomena conventionally studied in independent disciplines....

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Spengler, Joseph John (19 November 1902–02 January 1991), economist and demographer, was born near Piqua, Ohio, the son of Joseph Otto Spengler and Philomena Schlosser, probably farmers. In 1927 he married Dorothy Marie Kress; they had no children. He received the A.B. in 1926, the M.A. in 1929, and the Ph.D. in economics in 1930, all from Ohio State University. His mentor at Ohio State was the well-known demographer Albert B. Wolfe....

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Taeuber, Irene Barnes (25 December 1906–24 February 1974), demographer, was born in Meadville, Missouri, the daughter of Ninevah C. Barnes, a farmer and barber, and Lily Keller. After graduating from public high school, Irene Barnes spent a year at a teacher’s college, then transferred to the University of Missouri, where she majored in sociology, receiving her A.B. in 1927. She continued her study of sociology, earning an M.A. from Northwestern in 1928 and a Ph.D. from Minnesota in 1931. In 1929 she married a fellow graduate student, Conrad Taeuber. Both Taeubers received faculty appointments at Mount Holyoke in 1931. In 1934 Conrad Taeuber accepted a research position in Washington, D.C., at the Federal Relief Administration, the beginning of an outstanding career in research and administration with the Department of Agriculture, the United Nations, and the Bureau of the Census....