Porter, John Arthur

John Arthur Porter, sociologist (b at Vancouver 12 Nov 1921; d at Ottawa 15 June 1979). Regarded by many as Canada's leading sociologist, he published his most important work, The VERTICAL MOSAIC, in 1965. Porter's chief concerns were equality of opportunity and the exercise of power by bureaucratic, economic and political elites in Canada. He had a profound influence on students, some of whom have become leading social scientists and carry on his work. A graduate of London School of Economics, Porter spent most of his scholarly career at Carleton U where he was teacher, department chairman, dean and academic vice-president. Porter was also visiting professor at Harvard and U of T. Shortly before his death he put together what he regarded as his 10 most significant essays in a volume entitled The Measure of Canadian Society: Education, Equality, and Opportunity (1979).