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Great Sociologist Elihu Katz Passed Away at End of 2021


So sorry to announce such tragic news, but American and Israeli sociologist and communication scientist Elihu Katz passed away at the end of 2021 (December 31) at the age of 95. May the great man rest in heaven.

The heartbreaking news was confirmed by Annenberg School’s official Twitter account in a statement, writing, “2021 ended with a huge loss for our community, and for the field of Communication, as Prof. Emeritus Elihu Katz passed away at 95.”

Elihu Katz, usually associated with uses and gratifications theory, is famously remembered for his work with Paul Lazarsfeld in the field of mass communication, most notably for growing the theory of the two-step flow of communication.

So sorry to announce such tragic news, but American and Israeli sociologist and communication scientist Elihu Katz passed away

The beloved sociologist who won the prestigious Israel Prize in 1989, for social sciences, breathed his last breath in Jerusalem on Friday a day before Christmas.

Good to know, he was additionally Emeritus Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania.

In 2005, he was awarded the Marshall Sklare Award, given annually by the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry to a senior scholar who has made a notable scholarly contribution to the social scientific study of Jewry.

In 2013, he got an honorary degree from Northwestern University. And after five years in 2018, Elihu received an honorary doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.

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What did Cause Elihu Katz Passed Away?

To date, nothing has been published about her health condition. It is not yet known whether she suffered from a specific illness or lost her life due to natural causes. Although official sources have not clarified what caused Elihu Katz passed away at this time. Some believed she had been suffering from COVID and it finally became her cause of death.

However, our team does not confirm any rumors; we are trying our best to find related information about the tragedy and provide the latest updates as soon as possible. Nevertheless, family privacy should be respected at this difficult time.

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Katz’s first book, Personal Influence: The Part Played by People in the Flow of Mass Communication (The Free Press, 1955), was authored along with his Columbia University mentor, Paul Lazarsfeld. The book was an try to keep the flow of influence at the intersections of mass and interpersonal communication.

The ‘Personal Influence established monumental to the field, and its emphasis on the juncture of mass media and interpersonal communication would be a prime conceptual mover in Elihu’s career.

His successive project in this tradition includes studies on the distribution of medical innovation (along with James Coleman and Herbert Menzel), as well as on the diffusion of fluoridation between American cities.

So sorry to announce such tragic news, but American and Israeli sociologist and communication scientist Elihu Katz passed away

He was following the writings of the French social psychologist, Gabriel Tarde, in conceptualizing the public sphere as an arena of relations among media, conversation, opinion, and action.

He wrote the book Echoes of Gabriel Tarde: What We Know Better or Different 100 Years Later (USC Annenberg Press, 2014).

Katz was also the winner of:

  • The UNESCO-Canada McLuhan Prize
  • The Burda Prize (in media res)
  • Honorary degrees from the Universities of Ghent, Montreal, Paris, Haifa, Rome (La Sapienza), Bucharest, and Quebec, and Northwestern University
  • He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In 2014, Katz quit the Annenberg School for Communication and settled year-round in Jerusalem, where he resumed his study and writing.

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