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Everett Rogers

Deceased Person from United States of America

Everett Rogers Everett M. Rogers (March 6, 1931–October 21, 2004) was a communication scholar, sociologist, writer, and teacher. He is best known for originating the diffusion of innovations theory and for introducing the term early adopter. Rogers was born on his family's Pinehurst Farm in Carroll, Iowa, in 1931. His father loved electromechanical farm innovations, but was highly reluctant to utilize biological–chemical innovations, so he resisted adopting the new hybrid seed corn, even though it yielded 25% more crop and was resistant to drought. During the Iowa drought of 1936, while the hybrid seed corn stood tall on the neighbor’s farm, the crop on the Rogers’ farm wilted. Rogers’ father was finally convinced. Rogers had no plans to attend university until a school teacher drove him and some classmates to Ames to visit Iowa State University. Rogers decided to pursue a degree in agriculture there. He then served in the Korean War for two years. He returned to Iowa State University to earn a Ph.D. in sociology and statistics in 1957. When the first edition (1962) of Diffusion of Innovations was published, Rogers was an assistant professor of rural sociology at Ohio State University. He was  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1931-03-06
Place of birth
Carroll
Nationality
United States of America

Education

Institution From To
Iowa State University

Death

Date of death
2004-10-21
Place of death
Albuquerque

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