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Douglas R. White (Selected publications, home) is founder and sysop of the InterSci for Complexity Sciences. He is a formerly long term American complexity researcher on the Santa Fe Institute external faculties, social anthropologist, sociologist, and social network researcher at the University of California, Irvine.

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Born in Minneapolis in 1942, White attended the University of Minnesota, where he received a B.A. in 1964, an M.A. in 1967, and a Ph.D. in 1969, and as interim scholar at the University of Michigan (1966-67), and Columbia University (1967-68), the later two under the CIC: Travelling Scholars Program, all of which under advisor E. Adamson Hoebel. He taught at the University of Pittsburgh from 1967 to 1976. Since then he has been a Social Science Professor at the University of California, Irvine, teaching in Social Relations, in Comparative Culture, in Social Networks and in Anthropology. He co-founded and has chaired the Social Networks PhD program and within the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences chaired the Social Dynamics and Complexity research group as well as the UC four-campus Human Sciences and Complexity videoconference group. He served on the governing Council of the European Complex Systems Society, and President of the Social Science Computing Association as well as the Linkages Development Research Council. In 2008-09 he was elected Science Chair of the French Réseau national des systèmes complexes (RNSC). He founded in 1985 the World Cultures (World Cultures) electronic journal as part of the movement for open access scientific data and publication and in 2005 the open access and peer reviewed Wikipedia:Structure_and_Dynamics Structure and Dynamics electronic journal, where he and others rotate as editors-in-chief. He is a recipient of the U.S. Distinguished Scientist Award of the Alexander von Humboldt - AvH Foundation, the "Best Paper in Mathematical Sociology of 2003" Award of the American Sociological Association (2004), and the 2007 "Viviana Zelizer Distinguished Scholarship Award" for the outstanding article published in the field of economic sociology in the previous two years. A reaction to his 2005 book with Ulla Johansen, Network Analysis and Ethnographic Problems, by one reviewer, in a Cambridge journal, was that this "could be the most important book in anthropology in fifty years." More accurately, it was ahead of its time.