30 Great Systems Thinkers

Systems Thinkers is a book by Magnus Ramage and Karen Shipp which has just caught my eye. The blurb on Amazon says:

Systems Thinkers presents a biographical history of the field of systems thinking, by examining the life and work of thirty of its major thinkers.


Annoyingly it doesn't mention who the 30 people are. A bit of googling reveals the missing information:

Early Cybernetics
  • Gregory Bateson
  • Norbert Wiener
  • Warren McCullough
  • Margaret Mead
  • W. Ross Ashby

General Systems Theory
  • Ludwig von Bertalanffy
  • Kenneth Boulding
  • Geoffrey Vickers
  • Howard Odum

System Dynamics
  • Jay Forrester
  • Donella Meadows
  • Peter Senge

Soft and Critical Systems
  • C. West Churchman
  • Russell Ackoff
  • Peter Checkland
  • Werner Ulrich
  • Michael Jackson

Later Cybernetics
  • Heinz von Foerster
  • Stafford Beer
  • Humberto Maturana
  • Niklas Luhmann
  • Paul Watzlawick

Complexity Theory
  • Ilya Prigogine
  • Stuart Kauffman
  • James Lovelock

Learning Systems
  • Kurt Lewin
  • Eric Trist
  • Chris Argyris
  • Donald Schön
  • Mary Catherine Bateson


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