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)

Person of interestLillian Wald

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)

Nurse and Social Activist Lillian Wald
Nurse and Social Activist
Lillian Wald
  • 1868-07-30 Alfred Weber, German economist and sociologist, born in Erfurt, Prussian Saxony (d. 1958)
  • 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 jurist & social philosopher (Austromarxism), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1937)
  • 1873-01-20 Charles A Ellwood, American sociologist/psychologist
  • 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 Henry de Man, Belgian sociologist/chairman (Belgian Workers Party)
  • 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, economist/sociologist/Dutch 2nd Chamber (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/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)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1931-06-23 Urs Jaeggi, Swiss sociologist and writer, born in Solothurn, Switzerland
  • 1933-11-23 Ali Shariati, Iranian sociologist & revolutionary, born in Kahak, Iran (d. 1977)
  • 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
  • 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
  • 1951-09-06 Barry Troyna, English educational sociologist and author (Racism, Education and the State), born in London (d. 1996)

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

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/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, US sociologist/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
  • 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/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 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 P J C Haesaert, Flemish lawyer/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, 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, 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, anarchist, sociologist, and peace activist
  • 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)
  • 2017-01-09 Zygmunt Bauman, Polish-born sociologist (Modernity and the Holocaust), dies at 91