Linton Freeman

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Linton Clarke Freeman
DiedAugust 17, 2018 (aged 91)
EducationNorthwestern University (Ph.D. 1956), University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (M.A. 1953), Roosevelt University (B.A. 1952)
Known forsocial network, centrality
Scientific career
Fieldssocial network
InstitutionsSyracuse University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Lehigh University, University of California, Irvine

Linton Clarke Freeman (1927 – August 17, 2018) was an American structuralist sociologist known for his pioneering work in social networks. He was an emeritus professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine.[1] Freeman developed the first measure of betweenness centrality. He was the founding editor of the journal Social Networks[2] which began publishing in 1979.[3]

Freeman died on August 17, 2018, at the age of 91.[4]


Freeman, Linton C. 2004. The Development of Social Network Analysis: A Study in the Sociology of Science. Vancouver: Empirical Press.


  1. ^ "Emeritus Faculty - Sociology". UC Irvine School of Social Sciences. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Social Networks". Elsevier. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Social Networks (journal)". Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  4. ^ "In memoriam: Linton C. Freeman". University of California, Irvine. Retrieved August 26, 2018.

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