Sociologist who developed the idea of the 'looking-glass self', which posits that our self-image is generated by the feedback we get from others. This revolutionary work in sociology was first introduced in his book Human Nature and the Social Order in 1902.
His early work was grounded in economic theory, looking at the formation of cities around transportation routes.
He formed the the concept of primary groups, with whom we are closest, and which shape our morals and values.
He was married to Elsie Jones, the daughter of a professor, whose substantial wealth and management of household affairs allowed him to focus on academics.
His theories of sociology stood almost in direct opposition to those of Sigmund Freud.