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My name is Emile Durkheim and I was the first French academic sociologist I developed the methodology of combining empirical research with sociological theory This is a brief introduction on my life my work and what I brought to the field of sociology My contributions have affected the social sciences to include law economics linguistics ethnology art history and history Durkheim 2006 Philosophy was the ruling social science in my time but through my work the field of sociology was created I was born on April 15 1858 to Moise and Melanie Durkheim Jones 1986 My father was a rabbi and my mother was the daughter of a merchant Jones 1986 I was born in an era of significant social and political change I was raised in Epinal the capital town of Vosges in eastern France My father grandfather and great grandfather were all rabbis Our family lived very modestly I studied Hebrew the Old Testament and the Talmud in my early years as I had decided early on that I too would become a rabbi Coser 2003 I continued with my education at the College dEpinal and graduated with a bachelors degree in Letters and Sciences in 1875 I graduated two years earlier than most students Jones 1986 Through my education I learned to speak German English and Italian this would be helpful to me later in my career I decided that I wanted to teach instead of pursue being a rabbi After leaving Epinal I moved to Paris where I spent most of the rest my years I met and married Louise Dreyfus in Paris when I was 29 We had one son Andre and a daughter Marie My wife spent her life devoted to my work and caring for our children and household The events that shaped my life began early on There was major political and social change that molded me into a disciplined man I was destined to be a
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