Jacques Barzun (1907- ) is a leading scholar on American culture. He was born in France but moved to America when he was a teenager. He attended Columbia University, where he later became a full professor. He retired from administrative duties at the university in 1967 to focus on teaching and writing; he retired fully in 1975. Barzun had three children with his late wife, Mariana Lowell, whom he married in 1936.