Becker, Howard (Saul)(1928– ) sociologist; born in Chicago. He studied at the University of Chicago (B.A. 1946; M.A. 1949; Ph.D.1951), and photography at the San Francisco Art Institute. He taught at Stanford (1962–65), Northwestern University, Ill. (1965–91), and the University of Washington: Seattle (1991). He is known for his group studies, such as Boys in White: Student Culture in Medical School (1961), Outsiders: Studies in the Sociology of Deviance (1963), and Art Worlds (1986).
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