PARIS (May. 24)
The French Academy elected today a French Jew, Claude Levi-Strauss, as member. Levi-Strauss, a university professor and sociologist, is the second Jew to be so honored in the 350 years of the Academy’s existence. The first Jew was Joseph Kessel, a French novelist, who was elected in 1963.
Born in 1908, Levi-Strauss is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author of more than 20 sociological books and is the founder of the “Structuralistic” school in sociology. He devoted some of his studies to Israel’s sociological problems.