Umar Kayam is an Indonesian sociologist born in Ngawi, East Java, on April 30, 1932 and died on March 16, 2002. He followed education in Hollands Inlands School (HIS) Mangkunegoro, Surakarta, where his father also taught. After that, he continued his education to MULO, then continued the language part in a high school in Yogyakarta. He graduated from high school in 1951 and continued his education in the Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Yogyakarta.
In 1955, he continued his study in a university in New York, USA. After got Master of Education degree, he had written a doctoral thesis entitled "Aspect of Interdepartemental Coordination Problems in Indonesian Community Development".