Edward Mead Earle
New York City
|Died||June 23, 1954|
|Alma mater||Columbia University|
|Institutions||Institute for Advanced Study|
Edward Mead Earle (1894 -- June 23, 1954) was an American author and university lecturer who specialized in the role of the military in foreign relations. He was a consultant to various departments of the U.S. government, especially during World War II. For twenty years he was a professor in the School of Economics and Politics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.
Earle got his B.A., M.A., and later his Ph.D. at Columbia University in 1923. On February 11, 1919, he married Beatrice Lowndes. He joined the faculty of the Institute for Advanced Study on September 1, 1934 and remained there until his death in 1954.
According to David Ekbladh, writing in the journal International Security, Earle and his foundation, government, and university collaborators had significant influence on the evolution of security studies as a separate field, with effects that are still felt today. Earle, played another prominent role during the war. He helped establish the Department of Research and Analysis of the Office of Strategic Services.
For his service in World War II Edward M. Earle got the Presidential Medal for Merit in 1946. An illness on June 2, 1954, the day he was presented with Columbia University's honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, caused his hospitalization at the Hospital for Special Surgery, where he died on June 23 at the age of 60. He and his wife, Beatrice, were the parents of a daughter, Rosamond.