Sociologists in History

Famous Birthdays

  • 1723-06-20 Adam Ferguson, Scottish sociologist and historian, born in Logierait, Perthshire, Scotland (d. 1816)
  • 1796-02-22 Adolphe Quetelet, Belgian astronomer, mathematician and sociologist (body mass index scale), born in Ghent, French Republic (d. 1874)
  • 1808-03-23 Jeronimo de Bosch Kemper, sociologist/historian (Statistic yearbook)
  • 1823-10-26 Karl Weinhold, German sociologist (founder of Journal of the Association of Folklore), born in Dzierżoniów, Poland (d. 1901)
  • 1826-02-03 Walter Bagehot, England, economist/sociologist
  • 1830-03-18 Numa D Fustel de Coulanges, French historian/sociologist
  • 1840-10-30 William Graham Sumner, American sociologist (Folkways), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 1910)
  • 1842-07-04 Gustav Ratzenhofer, Austrian sociologist and general, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1904)
  • 1842-12-07 Otto Ammon, German anthropologist and sociologist (schedelmetingen), born in Karlsruhe, Baden (d. 1916)
  • 1848-07-15 Vilfredo F D Pareto, Italian economist/sociologist
  • 1849-04-13 Enrique José Varona, Cuban author, born in Puerto Principe, Cuba (d. 1933)
  • 1855-07-26 Ferdinand Tönnies, German sociologist and philosopher, born in Oldenswort, Germany (d. 1936)
  • 1857-07-27 José Celso Barbosa, Puerto Rican physician, sociologist and political leader, born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico (d. 1921)
  • 1858-01-22 Beatrice Potter Webb, English sociologist, economist (founded London School of Economics) and writer (My Apprenticeship), born in Standish (d. 1943)
  • 1858-03-01 Georg Simmel, German philosopher/sociologist
  • 1858-04-01 Gaetano Mosca, Italian sociologist (Circulation of Elite)
  • 1858-04-15 Émile Durkheim, French sociologist (Division du travail social), born in Épinal, France (d. 1917)
  • 1858-08-01 Paul Barth, German philosopher and sociologist, born in Oleśnica, Poland (d. 1922)
  • 1864-02-14 Robert E. Park, American sociologist (human ecology, marginal man), born in Harveyville, Pennsylvania (d. 1944)
  • 1864-03-30 Franz Oppenheimer, German sociologist/politician
  • 1864-04-21 Max Weber, German sociologist, economist and historian (Ancient Judaism), born in Erfurt, Province of Saxony, Prussia (d. 1920)
  • 1866-05-16 Ernest Watson Burgess, US sociologist (ecological school)
  • 1867-01-08 Emily Green Balch, American sociologist/feminist/pacifist (Nobel 1946)

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1867-03-10 Lillian Wald, American pioneering nurse and social activist who started American community nursing with the Henry Street Settlement in NYC, born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1940)

  • 1868-07-30 Alfred Weber, German economist and sociologist, born in Erfurt, Prussian Saxony (d. 1958)
  • 1870-11-29 Andre Lichtenberger, French sociologist and writer (Le petit roi), born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1940)
  • 1872-05-10 Marcel Mauss, French sociologist (d. 1950)
  • 1873-01-15 Max Adler, Austria jurist & social philosopher (Austromarxism), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1937)
  • 1873-01-20 Charles A. Ellwood, American sociologist and psychologist, born near Ogdensburg, New York (d. 1946)
  • 1873-06-28 Alexis Carrel, French surgeon, sociologist and biologist (Nobel 1912), born in Sainte-Foy-lès-Lyon, France (d. 1944)
  • 1878-10-01 Othmar Spann, Austrian economist and sociologist (Geschichtsfilosofie), born in Vienna (d. 1950)
  • 1880-03-21 Wilhelm Pessler, German sociologist
  • 1882-01-15 Florian Znaniecki, Polish philosopher & sociologist, born in Świątniki, Poland (d. 1958)
  • 1883-08-06 Scott Nearing, American sociologist, pacifist and author (The Good Life), born in Morris Run, Pennsylvania (d. 1983)
  • 1884-05-23 Corrado Gini, Italian sociologist (d. 1965)
  • 1885-03-20 Hendrik A de Fish [Henri Pauwels], Flemish philological/sociologist
  • 1885-11-17 Henri de Man, Belgian sociologist and politician (chairman Belgian Workers Party), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1953)
  • 1886-02-02 Kurt Baschwitz, German/Dutch sociologist/journalist (Du und)
  • 1887-07-31 Hans Freyer, German sociologist and philosopher, born in Leipzig, Germany (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, American psychologist and sociologist, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1979)
  • 1891-03-10 Jacob van Gelderen, Dutch economist/sociologist and politician (SDAP)
  • 1891-03-12 Michael Polany, Hungarian/English chemist/economist/sociologist
  • 1892-04-17 Jean Haesaert, Flemish lawyer and sociologist, born in Lokeren, Belgium (d. 1961)
  • 1893-03-27 Karl Mannheim, German sociologist (Ideology & Utopia), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1947)
  • 1893-12-31 Max Lamberty, Flemish sociologist & author (Flemish Resurrection), born in Saint-Gilles, Brussels (d. 1975)
  • 1894-07-08 Clemens VI Trefois, Flemish architect and sociologist
  • 1894-08-29 E. Franklin Frazier, American sociologist and author (The Negro Family in the United States), born in Baltimore (d. 1962)
  • 1895-02-14 Max Horkheimer, German philosopher & sociologist (Studies in prejudice), born in Zuffenhausen, Stuttgart, Germany (d. 1973)
  • 1896-11-07 Esdras Minville, Quebec writer, economist and sociologist, born in Quebec, Montreal (d. 1975)
  • 1897-04-14 Barbara Wootton, Baroness Wootton of Abinger, British sociologist and criminologist, born in Cambridge, England (d. 1988)
  • 1898-01-25 Joachim Wach, German religious scholar (Understanding), born in Chemnitz, Germany (d. 1955)
  • 1898-04-01 Roger Bastide, French sociologist
  • 1898-12-06 Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish sociologist and economist (Nobel 1974), born in Gagnef, Sweden (d. 1987)
  • 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, born in Bacău, Romania (d. 1954)
  • 1902-09-19 Pieter Jan Bouman, Dutch sociologist and historian, born in Batavia, Dutch East Indies (d. 1977)
  • 1902-12-13 Talcott Parsons, American sociologist, born in Colorado Springs, Colorado (d. 1979)
  • 1903-02-16 George-Henri Lévesque, Quebec priest and sociologist (d. 2000)
  • 1903-09-11 Theodor W. Adorno, German philosopher and sociologist, born in Frankfurt (d. 1969)
  • 1905-03-14 Raymond Aron, French sociologist/political scientist
  • 1907-12-12 Frederik van Heek, Dutch sociologist, born in Enschede, Netherlands (d. 1987)
  • 1908-08-20 Kingsley Davis, American sociologist and demographer (coined the term "population explosion"), born in Tuxedo, Texas (d. 1997)
  • 1909-09-22 David Riesman, US sociologist (Lonely Crowd)
  • 1910-07-05 Robert K. Meston, American sociologist (functionalism), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2003)
  • 1912-01-06 Jacques Cesar Ellul, French philosopher & sociologist, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1994)
  • 1912-10-10 Charles Henry Madge, English poet and founder of Mass-Observation, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1996)
  • 1912-10-14 Helmut Schelsky, German sociologist (Sociology of Sex), born in Chemnitz, Saxony (d. 1984)
  • 1915-11-14 Edward Digby Baltzell, Ivy League sociologist
  • 1916-02-25 Reinhard Bendix, German sociologist (d. 1991)
  • 1916-08-28 C. Wright Mills, American sociologist and writer (The Power Elite), born in Waco, Texas (d. 1962)
  • 1920-01-12 Prof Jerzy Zubrzycki, Polish-born Australian sociologist, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 2009)
  • 1921-04-20 Donald Gunn MacRae, sociologist, born in Glasgow (d. 1997)
  • 1922-03-27 Margaret Stacey, English sociologist who helped shape the distinctively British genre of empirical sociology, born in London (d. 2004)
  • 1922-06-11 Erving Goffman, American sociologist (presentation of self in everyday life), born in Mannville, Alberta, Canada (d. 1982)
  • 1922-11-06 Michel Crozier, French sociologist, born in Sainte-Menehould, France (d. 2013)
  • 1925-11-19 Zygmunt Bauman, Polish-born sociologist (Modernity and the Holocaust), born in Poznań (d. 2017)
  • 1926-01-14 Harold Wolpe, South African lawyer & sociologist, born in Johannesburg, South Africa (d. 1996)
  • 1926-03-09 Gerrit A. Kooy, Dutch sociologist (Apartheid & work in South Africa), born in Kedichem, The Netherlands
  • 1928-04-18 Howard S. Becker, American sociologist, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 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 and anthropologist, born in Denguin, France (d. 2002)
  • 1931-03-21 Ivan William Hannaford, sociologist
  • 1931-06-18 Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Brazilian politician and sociologist, President of Brazil (1995 - 2002), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 1931-06-23 Urs Jaeggi, Swiss sociologist and writer, born in Solothurn, Switzerland
  • 1933-11-23 Ali Shariati, Iranian sociologist & revolutionary, born in Kahak, Iran (d. 1977)
  • 1934-01-27 Raymond Boudon, French sociologist, born in Paris, France (d. 2013)
  • 1936-08-01 Laurie Taylor, English sociologist and broadcaster (BBC Radio 4), born in Liverpool, England
  • 1936-09-05 Jonathan Kozol, American writer and sociologist, born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1938-01-18 Anthony Giddens, English sociologist, born in Edmonton, London
  • 1939-12-30 Doeke Eisma, Dutch sociologist and politician (D66)
  • 1942-02-06 James Loewen, American sociologist & historian, born in Decatur, Illinois
  • 1943-07-08 Faye Wattleton, sociologist/pres (Planned Parenthood), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 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, born in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Famous Weddings

Percy Lavon Julian

1935-12-24 Chemist Percy Lavon Julian weds sociologist Anna Roselle Johnson

Famous Deaths

  • 1816-02-22 Adam Ferguson, Scottish sociologist and 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 Adolphe Quetelet, Belgian astronomer, mathematician and sociologist (body mass index scale), dies at 77
  • 1876-10-20 Jeronimo de Bosch Kemper, Dutch sociologist and historian, dies at 68
  • 1901-08-15 Karl Weinhold, German sociologist (founder of Journal of the Association of Folklore), dies at 77
  • 1904-10-08 Gustav Ratzenhofer, Austrian sociologist and general, dies at 62
  • 1909-08-15 Euclides da Cunha, Brazilian writer and sociologist (b. 1866)
  • 1910-04-12 William Graham Sumner, American sociologist (Folkways), dies at 69
  • 1916-01-14 Otto Ammon, German anthropologist and sociologist (schedelmetingen), dies at 73
  • 1916-10-02 Benjamin Kidel, English sociologist (Social Evolution), dies at 58
  • 1917-11-13 Émile Durkheim, French sociologist (Le suicide), dies at 59
  • 1918-09-28 Georg Simmel, German sociologist and philosopher (b. 1858)
  • 1920-06-14 Max Weber, German sociologist, economist and historian (Ancient Judaism), dies at 56
  • 1921-09-21 José Celso Barbosa, Puerto Rican physician, sociologist and political leader, dies at 64
  • 1922-09-30 Paul Barth, German philosopher and sociologist, dies at 64
  • 1923-08-19 Vilfredo Pareto, Italian sociologist and economist (b. 1845)
  • 1925-02-02 Antti Aarne, Finnish folklorist, dies at 57
  • 1933-11-19 Enrique José Varona, Cuban author, dies at 84
  • 1936-04-09 Ferdinand Tönnies, German sociologist and philosopher, dies at 80
  • 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
  • 1943-04-30 Beatrice Potter Webb, British sociologist, economist (founded London School of Economics) and writer (My Apprenticeship), dies at 85
  • 1943-09-30 Franz Oppenheimer, German sociologist (b. 1864)
  • 1944-02-05 Robert E. Park, American sociologist (human ecology, marginal man), dies at 79
  • 1944-11-05 Alexis Carrel, French surgeon, sociologist and biologist (Nobel 1912), dies at 71
  • 1945-09-25 Charles A. Ellwood, American sociologist and psychologist, dies at 72
  • 1947-01-09 Karl Mannheim, German sociologist (Diagnosis of Our Time), dies at 53
  • 1950-02-10 Marcel Mauss, French sociologist (b. 1872)
  • 1950-07-08 Othmar Spann, Austrian economist and sociologist (Wahre State), dies at 71
  • 1953-06-20 Hendrik de Man, sociologist (Belgian Working people Party), dies at 67
  • 1954-04-17 Lucreţiu Pătrăşcanu, Romanian communist activist and sociologist, dies at 53
  • 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 and sociologist, dies at 89
  • 1962-02-25 Wilhelm Pessler, German sociologist, dies at 81
  • 1962-03-20 C. Wright Mills, American sociologist and writer (The 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 and philosopher, dies at 81
  • 1969-08-06 Theodor W. Adorno, German philosopher and sociologist, dies at 65
  • 1970-10-08 Lucien Goldmann, Romanian-French sociologist and philosopher, dies at 57
  • 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 and sociologist (Studies in prejudice), dies at 78
  • 1974-04-10 Roger Bastide, French sociologist, dies at 76
  • 1975-12-03 Jacob Kruijt, Dutch sociologist, dies at 76
  • 1975-12-09 Esdras Minville, Quebec writer, economist and sociologist, dies at 79
  • 1976-02-22 Michael Polany, Hungarians/English chemist/sociologist, dies at 84
  • 1976-08-15 Jean Haesaert, Flemish lawyer and sociologist, dies at 84
  • 1977-03-10 Pieter Jan Bouman, Dutch sociologist and historian, dies at 74
  • 1977-06-19 Ali Shariati, Iranian sociologist (b. 1933)
  • 1979-05-08 Talcott Parsons, American sociologist, dies at 76
  • 1982-11-19 Erving Goffman, American sociologist (Asylums), dies at 60
  • 1983-08-24 Scott Nearing, American sociologist, pacifist and author (The Good Life), dies at 100
  • 1983-10-17 Raymond Aron, French sociologist/political scientist, dies at 78
  • 1984-02-24 Helmut Schelsky, German sociologist (Sociology of Sex), dies at 71
  • 1987-01-04 Frederik van Heek, Dutch sociologist, dies at 79
  • 1987-07-18 Gilberto Freye, Brazilian sociologist/writer, dies at 87
  • 1988-07-11 Barbara Wootton, Baroness Wootton of Abinger, British sociologist and criminologist, dies at 91
  • 1990-08-01 Norbert Elias, German/English/Neth philosopher/sociologist, 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, English poet and founder of Mass-Observation, dies at 83
  • 1996-01-19 Harold Wolpe, South African sociologist, lawyer, and activist, dies at 70
  • 1996-02-09 Barry Troyna, English educational sociologist and author (Racism, Education and the State), dies at 44
  • 1996-02-14 Ivan William Hannaford, sociologist, dies at 64
  • 1996-08-17 Edward Digby Baltzell, American Ivy League sociologist, dies at 80
  • 1997-02-27 Kingsley Davis, American sociologist and demographer (coined the term "population explosion"), dies at 88
  • 1997-12-23 Donald Gunn MacRae, British 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 and anthropologist, dies at 71
  • 2002-08-09 Peter Neville, British anarchist, sociologist, and peace activist, dies at 69
  • 2003-02-23 Robert K. Merton, American sociologist (b. 1910)
  • 2003-02-23 Robert K. Meston, American sociologist (functionalism), dies at 92
  • 2004-02-10 Margaret Stacey, English sociologist who helped shape the distinctively British genre of empirical sociology, dies at 81
  • 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)
  • 2012-01-02 Gordon Hirabayashi, American sociologist & opponent to Japanese-American internment, dies after Alzheimer's disease at 93
  • 2013-04-10 Raymond Boudon, French sociologist, dies at 79
  • 2013-05-24 Michel Crozier, French sociologist, dies at 90
  • 2017-01-09 Zygmunt Bauman, Polish-born sociologist (Modernity and the Holocaust), dies at 91