30 Facts About Anatol Rapoport


Anatol Rapoport was an American mathematical psychologist.

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Anatol Rapoport contributed to general systems theory, to mathematical biology and to the mathematical modeling of social interaction and stochastic models of contagion.

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Anatol Rapoport was born in Lozova, Kharkov Governorate, Russia into a secular Jewish family.

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Anatol Rapoport started studying music in Chicago and continued with piano, conducting and composition at the Vienna Hochschule fur Musik where he studied from 1929 to 1934.

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Anatol Rapoport received a one-year fellowship at the prestigious Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California.

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From 1955 to 1970, Anatol Rapoport was Professor of Mathematical Biology and Senior Research Mathematician at the University of Michigan, as well as founding member, in 1955, of the Mental Health Research Institute at the University of Michigan.

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In 1970, during the Vietnam War, Anatol Rapoport moved to Toronto "to live in a country that was not committed to a messianic role—a small peaceful country with no aspiration to major power status".

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Anatol Rapoport was appointed professor of mathematics and psychology at the University of Toronto .

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Anatol Rapoport lived in bucolic Wychwood Park overlooking downtown Toronto, a neighbour of Marshall McLuhan.

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In 1954 Anatol Rapoport co-founded the Society for General Systems Research, along with the researchers Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Ralph Gerard, and Kenneth Boulding.

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Anatol Rapoport became president of the Society for General Systems Research in 1965.

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Anatol Rapoport is survived by his wife Gwen, daughter Anya, and sons Alexander and Anthony.

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Anatol Rapoport contributed to general systems theory, to mathematical biology, and to the mathematical modeling of social interaction and stochastic models of contagion.

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Anatol Rapoport combined his mathematical expertise with psychological insights into the study of game theory, social networks, and semantics.

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Anatol Rapoport extended these understandings into studies of psychological conflict, dealing with nuclear disarmament and international politics.

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Anatol Rapoport had a versatile mind, working in mathematics, psychology, biology, game theory, social network analysis, and peace and conflict studies.

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Anatol Rapoport analyzed contests in which there are more than two sets of conflicting interests, such as war, diplomacy, poker, or bargaining.

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Anatol Rapoport's work led him to peace research, including books on The Origins of Violence and Peace, An Idea Whose Time Has Come .

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Anatol Rapoport's children report that he was a strong chess player but a bad poker player because he non-verbally revealed the strength of his hands.

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Anatol Rapoport is the originator of the theory behind the interpretation of bias in social networks, which pertains to the extent to which a network deviates from a random base model.

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Anatol Rapoport introduced what is known as "preferential attachment mechanism" in biased networks.

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Anatol Rapoport published an article that outlined a probabilistic approach to animal sociology, which is one of the earliest efforts at modeling simple social structures.

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Anatol Rapoport was a leading organizer of the first teach-ins against the Vietnam War at the University of Michigan, a model that spread rapidly throughout North America.

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Anatol Rapoport said he was an abolitionist, rather than a total pacifist: "I'm for killing the institution of war".

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Anatol Rapoport returned to the University of Toronto to become the founding Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies programme, working with George Ignatieff and Canada's Science for Peace organization.

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Anatol Rapoport's students report that he was an engaged and inspiring professor who captured their attention, imagination and interest with his wide-ranging knowledge, passion for the subject, good humor, kind and generous spirit, attentiveness to student concerns, and animated teaching style.

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In 1981 Anatol Rapoport co-founded the international non-governmental organization Science for Peace.

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Anatol Rapoport was recognized in the 1980s for his contribution to world peace through nuclear conflict restraint via his game theoretic models of psychological conflict resolution.

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Anatol Rapoport won the Lenz International Peace Research Prize in 1976.

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Professor Anatol Rapoport was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Peace published by the International Innovation Projects at the University of Toronto.

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