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Edward Devereux was Professor of Human Development and Human Studies at Cornell University from 1950-1978.

Edward Devereux was born in Long Island, New York in 1912. He received his A.B. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from Harvard in 1940. After two years as a Sociology Instructor at the University of Toronto, Devereux entered the U.S. Navy as a navigator and executive officer on a fleet tanker until 1945. He was then appointed Assistant Professor of Sociology at Princeton for five years, before joining the Cornell University faculty as Associate Professor of Child Development and Family Studies in 1950, serving as Department Chair from 1966-1970.