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1332-05-27 Ibn Khaldūn, North African Islamic scholar, philosopher and historian (Muqaddimah), born in Tunis (d. 1406)

Islamic Scholar, Philosopher and Historian Ibn Khaldūn
Islamic Scholar, Philosopher and Historian
Ibn Khaldūn
  • 1723-06-20 Adam Ferguson, Scottish sociologist/historian
  • 1808-03-23 Jeronimo de Bosch Kemper, sociologist/historian (Statistic yearbook)
  • 1823-10-26 Karl Weinhold, German sociologist
  • 1826-02-03 Walter Bagehot, England, economist/sociologist
  • 1830-03-18 Numa D Fustel de Coulanges, French historian/sociologist
  • 1840-10-30 William G Sumner, US sociologist/political analyst
  • 1842-07-04 Gustav Ratzenhofer, Austria, sociologist/judge/fieldmarshal
  • 1842-12-07 Otto Ammon, German anthropologist/sociologist (schedelmetingen)
  • 1848-07-15 Vilfredo F D Pareto, Italian economist/sociologist
  • 1849-04-13 Enrique Jose Varona, Cuban sociologist/psychologist
  • 1855-07-26 Ferdinand Tönnies, German sociologist (d. 1936)
  • 1858-03-01 Georg Simmel, German philosopher/sociologist
  • 1858-04-01 Gaetano Mosca, Italian sociologist (Circulation of Elite)
  • 1858-04-15 Emile Durkheim, French sociologist (Division du travail social)
  • 1858-08-01 Paul Barth, German philosopher/sociologist
  • 1864-02-14 Robert E Park, US, sociologist (human ecology, marginal man)
  • 1864-03-30 Franz Oppenheimer, German sociologist/politician
  • 1864-04-21 Max Weber, German sociologist/economist/historian (Ancient Judaism)
  • 1866-05-16 Ernest Watson Burgess, US sociologist (ecological school)
  • 1867-01-08 Emily Green Balch, US, sociologist/feminist/pacifist (Nobel 1946)
  • 1867-03-10 Lillian D Wald, US, sociologist/organizer (Visiting Nurses)
  • 1868-07-30 Alfred Weber, German economist/sociologist
  • 1870-11-29 Andre Lichtenberger, French sociologist/writer (Le petit roi)
  • 1872-05-10 Marcel Mauss, French sociologist (d. 1950)
  • 1873-01-15 Max Adler, Austria sociologist/socialist theorist
  • 1873-01-20 Charles A Ellwood, US, sociologist/psychologist
  • 1873-03-14 Johannes Aengenent, sociologist/bishop of Haarlem (1928-35)
  • 1873-06-28 Alexis Carrel, France, surgeon/sociologist/biologist (Nobel 1912)
  • 1876-09-06 Willem A Bonger, Dutch sociologist/criminologist (Race & Crime)
  • 1878-10-01 Othmar Spann, Austria economist/sociologist (Geschichtsfilosofie)
  • 1880-03-21 Wilhelm Pessler, German sociologist
  • 1882-01-15 Florian Znaniecki, Polish/US sociologist (Polish Peasant in Europe)
  • 1883-08-06 Scott Nearing, US sociologist/pacifist/author (The Good Life)
  • 1884-05-23 Corrado Gini, Italian sociologist (d. 1965)
  • 1885-03-20 Hendrik A de Fish, [Henri Pauwels], Flemish philological/sociologist
  • 1885-11-17 Henry de Man, Belgium, sociologist/chairman (Belgian Workers Party)
  • 1886-02-02 Kurt Baschwitz, German/Dutch sociologist/journalist (Du und)
  • 1887-07-31 Hans Freyer, German sociologist (d. 1969)
  • 1888-02-21 Willem Banning, Dutch theologist/sociologist (Religious Build Up)
  • 1889-01-21 Pitirim A Sorokin, Russian/US sociologist (Social mobility)
  • 1890-01-31 Adolf Bach, German language/sociologist (Deutsche Namenkunde)
  • 1890-08-22 Floyd Henri Allport, US psychologist/sociologist
  • 1891-03-10 Jacob van Gelderen, economist/sociologist/Dutch 2nd Chamber (SDAP)
  • 1891-03-12 Michael Polany, Hungarian/English chemist/economist/sociologist
  • 1892-04-17 Jean PJC Haesaert, Flemish lawyer/sociologist
  • 1893-03-27 Karl Mannheim, Hung/German/British sociologist (Ideology & Utopia)
  • 1893-12-31 Max Lamberty, Flemish sociologist/author (Flemish Resurrection)
  • 1894-07-08 Clemens VI Trefois, Flemish architect/sociologist
  • 1894-08-29 E Franklin Frazier, sociologist, (d. 1962)
  • 1895-02-14 Max Horkheimer, German philosopher/sociologist (Studies in prejudice)
  • 1896-11-07 Esdras Minville, Quebec writer, economist and sociologist (d. 1975)
  • 1898-01-25 Joachim Wach, German/US philosopher/sociologist (Understanding)
  • 1898-04-01 Roger Bastide, French sociologist
  • 1898-12-06 Gunnar Myrdal, Sweden, sociologist/economist (Nobel 1974)
  • 1898-12-18 Jacob Kruijt, Dutch sociologist
  • 1900-03-15 Gilberto Freye, Brazilian sociologist/writer
  • 1900-11-04 Lucreţiu Pătrăşcanu, Romanian communist activist and sociologist (d. 1954)
  • 1902-09-19 Pieter John Bouman, sociologist/historian
  • 1902-12-13 Talcott Parsons, US sociologist
  • 1903-02-16 George-Henri Lévesque, Quebec priest and sociologist (d. 2000)
  • 1903-09-11 Theodor Adorno, German philosopher/sociologist
  • 1905-03-14 Raymond Aron, French sociologist/political scientist
  • 1907-12-12 F van Heek, Dutch sociologist
  • 1908-08-20 Kingsley Davis, sociologist/demographer, coined (population explosion)
  • 1909-09-22 David Riesman, US sociologist (Lonely Crowd)
  • 1910-07-05 Robert K Meston, US sociologist (functionalism)
  • 1912-10-10 Charles Henry Madge, poet writer/sociologist
  • 1912-10-14 Helmut Schelsky, German sociologist (Sociology of Sex)
  • 1915-11-14 Edward Digby Baltzell, Ivy League sociologist
  • 1916-02-25 Reinhard Bendix, German sociologist (d. 1991)
  • 1916-05-28 C Wright Mills, US sociologist (Power Elite) [or Aug 28]
  • 1916-08-28 C Wright Mills, sociologist, writer (The Power Elite) [or May 28]
  • 1920-01-12 Prof Jerzy Zubrzycki, Polish-born Australian sociologist
  • 1921-04-20 Donald Gunn MacRae, sociologist
  • 1922-03-27 Margaret Stacey, sociologist
  • 1922-06-11 Erving Goffman, sociologist (presentation of self in everyday life)
  • 1925-11-19 Zygmunt Bauman, Polish Sociologist
  • 1926-01-14 Harold Wolpe, sociologist lawyer/Soth African activist
  • 1926-03-09 Gerrit A Kooy, Dutch sociologist (Apartheid & work in South Africa)
  • 1929-01-04 Amitai W Etzioni, US sociologist (Active Society)
  • 1929-06-18 Jürgen Habermas, German sociologist and philosopher (Frankfurter Schule), born in Düsseldorf
  • 1930-08-01 Pierre Bourdieu, French sociologist (d. 2002)
  • 1931-03-21 Ivan William Hannaford, sociologist
  • 1933-11-23 Ali Shariati, Iranian sociologist and revolutionary
  • 1936-08-01 Laurie Taylor, English sociologist and broadcaster (BBC Radio 4), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1936-09-05 Jonathan Kozol, American writer, sociologist
  • 1939-12-30 Doeke Eisma, sociologist/Dutch MP (D66)
  • 1942-02-06 James Loewen, American sociologist and historian
  • 1943-07-08 Faye Wattleton, St Louis Mo, sociologist/pres (Planned Parenthood)
  • 1946-01-25 Josephine M Verspaget, sociologist/Dutch MP (PvdA)
  • 1946-11-22 Hans Kombrink, sociologist/Dutch undersecretary of Finance (PvdA)
  • 1947-09-27 Jacques Wallage, sociologist/Dutch undersecretary of Education
  • 1949-03-21 Slavoj Žižek, Slovenian sociologist, philosopher and cultural critic
  • 1951-09-06 Barry Troyna, teacher/educational sociologist

Famous Deaths

  • 1816-02-22 Adam Ferguson, Scottish sociologist/historian, dies at 92
  • 1857-09-05 Auguste Comte, French sociologist (b. 1798)
  • 1865-10-16 Andrés Bello, Venezuelan poet, lawmaker, philosopher, and sociologist (b. 1781)
  • 1874-02-17 [Lambert] Adolphe J Quetelet, Belgium astronomer/sociologist, dies at 77
  • 1876-10-20 Jeronimo de Bosch Kemper, Dutch sociologist/historian, dies at 68
  • 1901-08-15 Karl Weinhold, Germany, sociologist, dies at 77
  • 1904-10-08 Gustav Ratzenhofer, Austria sociologist/philosopher, dies at 62
  • 1909-08-15 Euclides da Cunha, Brazilian writer and sociologist (b. 1866)
  • 1910-04-12 William G Sumner, US sociologist/politicologist (Folkways), dies at 69
  • 1916-01-14 Otto Ammon, German anthropologist/sociologist, dies at 73
  • 1916-10-02 Benjamin Kidel, English sociologist (Social Evolution), dies at 58
  • 1917-11-13 Emile Durkheim, French sociologist (Le suicide), dies
  • 1918-09-28 Georg Simmel, German sociologist and philosopher (b. 1858)
  • 1920-06-14 Max Weber, German sociologist/economist/historian, dies
  • 1922-09-30 Paul Barth, German philosopher/sociologist, dies at 64
  • 1923-08-19 Vilfredo Pareto, Italian sociologist and economist (b. 1845)
  • 1925-02-02 Antti Aarne, Finnish sociologist, dies at 57
  • 1933-11-19 Enrique Jose Varona, Cuban sociologist/vice-president, dies at 84
  • 1936-04-09 Ferdinand Tönnies, German sociologist (b. 1855)
  • 1940-05-14 Jacob van Gelderen, economist/sociologist/SDAP-2nd-Chamber, dies at 49
  • 1941-11-08 Gaetano Mosca, Italian sociologist (Elite Circle), dies at 83
  • 1943-09-30 Franz Oppenheimer, German sociologist (b. 1864)
  • 1944-02-05 Robert E Park, sociologist (human ecology, marginal man), dies at 79
  • 1945-09-25 Charles A Ellwood, US sociologist/psychologist, dies at 72
  • 1947-01-09 Karl Mannheim, sociologist (Diagnosis of Our Time), dies at 53
  • 1950-02-10 Marcel Mauss, French sociologist (b. 1872)
  • 1950-07-08 Othmar Spann, Austrian economist/sociologist (Wahre State), dies at 71
  • 1953-06-20 Hendrik de Man, sociologist (Belgian Working people Party), dies at 67
  • 1955-08-27 Joachim Wach, philosopher/sociologist (Sociology of Religion), dies
  • 1958-03-23 Florian Znaniecki, Polish/US sociologist/philosopher, dies at 76
  • 1958-05-02 Alfred Weber, German economist/sociologist, dies at 89
  • 1962-02-25 Wilhelm Pessler, German sociologist, dies at 81
  • 1962-03-20 C Wright Mills, US sociologist (Power Elite), dies at 45
  • 1968-01-06 Kurt Baschwitz, Germ/Dutch sociologist/journalist (Heksen), dies at 81
  • 1968-02-10 Pitirim A Sorokin, Russian/US sociologist, dies at 79
  • 1969-01-18 Hans Freyer, German sociologist (b. 1887)
  • 1969-08-06 Theodor Adorno, German philosopher/sociologist, dies at 65
  • 1970-10-08 Lucien Goldmann, Romanian/French sociologist/philosopher, dies
  • 1971-05-07 Willem Banning, Dutch theologist/sociologist (Karl Marx), dies at 83
  • 1972-04-19 Adolf Bach, German philologist/sociologist, dies at 82
  • 1973-07-07 Max Horkheimer, German philosopher/sociologist, dies at 78
  • 1974-04-10 Roger Bastide, French sociologist, dies at 76

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1975-10-22 Arnold J. Toynbee, English historian (A Study of History), dies at 86

  • 1975-12-03 Jacob Kruijt, Dutch sociologist, dies at 76

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

1975-12-04 Hannah Arendt, German/US political theorist and historian, dies at 69

Political Theorist Hannah Arendt
Political Theorist
Hannah Arendt
  • 1976-02-22 Michael Polany, Hungarians/English chemist/sociologist, dies at 84
  • 1976-08-15 Jean P J C Haesaert, Flemish lawyer/sociologist, dies at 84
  • 1977-03-10 Pieter Jan Bouman, Dutch sociologist/historian, dies at 74
  • 1977-06-19 Ali Shariati, Iranian sociologist (b. 1933)
  • 1979-05-08 Talcott Parsons, US sociologist, dies at 76
  • 1982-11-19 Erving Goffman, US, sociologist (Asylums), dies at 60
  • 1983-10-17 Raymond Aron, French sociologist/political scientist, dies at 78
  • 1984-02-24 Helmut Schelsky, German sociologist (b. 1912)
  • 1987-01-04 F van Heek, Dutch sociologist, dies at 79
  • 1987-07-18 Gilberto Freye, Brazilian sociologist/writer, dies at 87
  • 1990-08-01 Norbert Elias, German/English/Neth philosopher/sociologist, dies
  • 1993-03-10 C Northcote Parkinson, English historian/sociologist (Law of P), dies
  • 1993-06-22 M'hammed Boukhozba, Algerian sociologist, murdered at 52
  • 1994-08-23 Rabah Stambouli, Algerian sociologist/politician, murdered at 65
  • 1995-03-25 James Coleman, American sociologist (b. 1926)
  • 1996-01-17 Charles Henry Madge, poet writer/sociologist, dies at 83
  • 1996-01-19 Harold Wolpe, sociologist lawyer/South African activist, dies at 70
  • 1996-02-09 Barry Troyna, teacher/educational sociologist, dies at 44
  • 1996-02-14 Ivan William Hannaford, sociologist, dies at 64
  • 1996-08-17 Edward Digby Baltzell, Ivy League sociologist, dies at 80
  • 1997-12-23 Donald Gunn MacRae, sociologist, dies at 76
  • 1998-04-21 Jean Francois Lyotard, French philosopher and sociologist (b. 1924)
  • 1999-01-28 Torgny T:son Segerstedt, Swedish sociologist and philosopher (b. 1908)
  • 2000-01-15 Georges-Henri Lévesque, Canadian Dominican priest and sociologist (b. 1903)
  • 2002-01-23 Pierre Bourdieu, French sociologist (b. 1930)
  • 2002-08-09 Peter Neville, anarchist, sociologist, and peace activist
  • 2003-02-23 Robert K. Merton, American sociologist (b. 1910)
  • 2005-04-24 Fei Xiaotong, Chinese sociologist (b. 1910)
  • 2006-11-16 Yuri Levada, Russian sociologist (b. 1930)
  • 2009-06-17 Ralf Dahrendorf, German-born sociologist and politician (b. 1929)
  • 2009-12-24 Rafael Caldera, lawyer, sociologist, writer, speaker, politician, and ex-president of Venezuela (b. 1916)