Barney Glaser
Barney G. Glaser is an American sociologist and one of the founders of the grounded theory
Grounded theory
Grounded theory is a systematic methodology in the social sciences involving the generation of theory from data. It is mainly used in qualitative research, but is also applicable to quantitative data....


Glaser was born in San Francisco, California, and lives in Mill Valley
Mill Valley, California
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. He received his BA degree at Stanford
Stanford University
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 in 1952. He pursued academic studies at the University of Paris
University of Paris
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 where he studied contemporary literature. He also studied literature at University of Freiburg
University of Freiburg
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 for two years during off-hours from his military service.

At Columbia
Columbia University
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 he was a student of Paul Lazarsfeld
Paul Lazarsfeld
Paul Felix Lazarsfeld was one of the major figures in 20th-century American sociology. The founder of Columbia University's Bureau of Applied Social Research, he exerted a tremendous influence over the techniques and the organization of social research...

 and Robert K. Merton
Robert K. Merton
Robert King Merton was a distinguished American sociologist. He spent most of his career teaching at Columbia University, where he attained the rank of University Professor...

 and received a Ph.D.
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 in 1961. The dissertation was published in the book Organizational Scientists: Their Professional Careers. Post-doc Glaser started a research collaboration with Anselm Strauss
Anselm Strauss
Anselm Leonard Strauss was an American sociologist internationally known as a medical sociologist and as the developer of grounded theory, an innovative method of qualitative analysis widely used in sociology, nursing, education, social work, and...

 at the University of California, San Francisco
University of California, San Francisco
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. Together they wrote Awareness of Dying
Awareness of Dying
Awareness of Dying is a 1965 book by Barney Glaser and Anselm Strauss.The book was also the first application of grounded theory...

(1965) based on a study of dying in California
California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States. It is by far the most populous U.S. state, and the third-largest by land area...

n hospitals. The book was a success. As a response to the many methodological questions on the dying study the first grounded theory
Grounded theory
Grounded theory is a systematic methodology in the social sciences involving the generation of theory from data. It is mainly used in qualitative research, but is also applicable to quantitative data....

 (GT) methodology appeared in 1967 co-authored with Strauss: The Discovery of Grounded Theory
The Discovery of Grounded Theory
The Discovery of Grounded Theory is a 1967 book by Barney Glaser and Anselm Strauss on grounded theory.After their success with Awareness of Dying, Glaser and Strauss decided to write a book on methodology. The Discovery of Grounded Theory was meant to invite and motivate people to use the newly...


In 1970 Glaser started the publishing company Sociology Press specializing in grounded theory methodologies and readers.
The second grounded theory methodology was written by Glaser in 1978 (Theoretical Sensitivity). Thereafter, Glaser has published several readers of grounded theory and four more methodologies. He has traveled throughout the world giving workshops and seminars to many researchers. In 1998 Glaser received an honorary doctorate from Stockholm University
Stockholm University
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In 1999 Glaser founded the non-profit web based organization Grounded Theory Institute. He owned Cascade Acceptance Corporation, which filed for bankruptcy in November 2009. In July 2010, the bankruptcy trustee declared that the company had been insolvent for at least two years, and the case was converted from a reorganization to a liquidation.

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