Famous British Sociologists

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Harriet Martineau
(First female sociologist)
Harriet Martineau
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Birthdate: June 12, 1802
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk, England
Died: June 27, 1876

Regarded by many as the first female sociologist, Harriet Martineau was a prominent 19th-century social theorist, classical economist, and intellectual who penned the iconic work The Positive Philosophy of Auguste Comte. She was partially deaf and had lost her sense of taste and smell in childhood.

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Anthony Giddens
(Sociologist)
Anthony Giddens
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Birthdate: January 18, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Edmonton, London, England
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Stuart Hall
(British Marxist Sociologist, Cultural Theorist, and Political Activist)
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Birthdate: February 3, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: February 10, 2014

Jamaican-British Marxist sociologist and cultural theorist Stuart Hall is remembered as a pioneering figure of the Birmingham School of Cultural Studies. A skilled academic, he was also the founding-editor of the New Left Review. His encoding and decoding model remains one of his most remarkable contributions to culture studies.

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Gregory Bateson
(Anthropologist, Philosopher, Sociologist, Psychologist)
Gregory Bateson
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Birthdate: May 9, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Grantchester
Died: June 11, 1980

Gregory Bateson was an English anthropologist, social scientist, linguist, and visual anthropologist. Along with his colleagues, he developed the double-bind theory of schizophrenia. Also a cyberneticist, he was part of the core group of the Macy Conferences in Cybernetics. He was a member of philosopher William Irwin Thompson's esoteric nonprofit foundation Lindisfarne Association.  

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Ralph Miliband
(Former Sociologist who published The State in Capitalist Society in 1969)
Ralph Miliband
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Birthdate: January 7, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: May 21, 1994
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Beatrice Webb
(British Sociologist, Economist, Socialist, Labour Historian and Social Reformer)
Beatrice Webb
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Birthdate: January 22, 1858
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gloucestershire, England
Died: April 30, 1943

Sociologist Beatrice Webb is best remembered for coining the term collective bargaining. Along with her husband, Sidney Webb, whom she met at the Fabian Society, and others, Beatrice co-founded the London School of Economics. In spite of her lack of formal education, she was a prominent educator and an avid diarist.

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Alfred Radcliffe-Brown
(British Social Anthropologist Who Developed the Theory of Structural Functionalism)
Alfred Radcliffe-Brown
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Birthdate: January 17, 1881
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: October 24, 1955

Best known for his work on the pre-industrialized societies, Alfred Radcliffe-Brown visited Andaman Island and Western Australia to study the social structure of the people there, later writing two important books on them. A renowned scholar, he taught at various preeminent universities across the globe before returning to England to establish the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Oxford.

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Ralf Dahrendorf
(Former European Commissioner for Trade (1970 - 1973))
Ralf Dahrendorf
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Birthdate: May 1, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: June 17, 2009

Ralf Dahrendorf was a German-British sociologist, philosopher, and political scientist. As a class conflict theorist, he was a leading expert on analyzing class divisions in modern society. He was the author of multiple articles and books, including Class Conflict in Industrial Society (1959). He served as a professor of sociology in several universities in Germany and the UK.  

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Ernest Gellner
(British-Czech Philosopher and Social Anthropologist)
Ernest Gellner
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Birthdate: December 9, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 5, 1995

Ernest Gellner was a British-Czech philosopher and social anthropologist who was considered one of the leading theoreticians on nationalism. A prolific author, he was able to attract critical attention with his very first book, Words and Things, in which he fiercely attacked what he called linguistic philosophy. He eventually developed an interest in social anthropologybefore turning his attention to nationalism. 

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Victor Turner
(Anthropologist, Sociologist)
Victor Turner
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Birthdate: May 28, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Glasgow
Died: December 18, 1983

Best known for his work on symbols and rituals, British cultural anthropologist Victor Turner embarked on his lifelong study of the Ndembu people when as a young man he went to Zambia to work as a research officer. Spending his entire career studying rituals and rites of passage, he later applied them to world religion, publishing important works on them.  

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Leonard Hobhouse
(Sociologist)
Leonard Hobhouse
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Birthdate: September 8, 1864
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Ives, England
Died: June 21, 1929
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Robert Morrison MacIver
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Birthdate: April 17, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stornoway, Scotland
Died: June 15, 1970
Michael Young, Baron Young of Dartington
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Birthdate: August 9, 1915
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manchester, England
Died: January 14, 2002

British sociologist Michael Young, also known as Lord Young, or Baron Young of Dartington, not only helped shape the manifesto of the Labour Party but also coined the term meritocracy. A qualified barrister, he was also instrumental in forming the Consumers’ Association and a prototype of the modern Open University system.

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Richard Hoggart
(Academic)
Richard Hoggart
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Birthdate: September 24, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Leeds, England
Died: April 10, 2014
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Seebohm Rowntree
(British Sociologist and Philanthropist Known for His Studies of Poverty and Welfare)
Seebohm Rowntree
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Birthdate: July 7, 1871
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: York, England
Died: October 7, 1954

Though he initially studied chemistry, Seebohm Rowntree soon joined his family cocoa business. He soon introduced employee-friendly policies, such as the 5-day work week and a pension plan, in the company. His pioneering study of working-class homes in York became an iconic sociological treatise on the poor.

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Jack Goody
(Anthropologist, University teacher, Non-fiction writer, Sociologist)
Jack Goody
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Birthdate: July 27, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hammersmith
Died: July 16, 2015

Apart from teaching at Cambridge, British social anthropologist Jack Goody also penned books such as Death, Property and the Ancestors. He had also fought in World War II. His work in sociology earned him the knighthood. He was also made a Fellow of The British Academy.

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Graham Wallas
(British Psychologist, Sociologists and Political Scientist)
Graham Wallas
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Birthdate: May 31, 1858
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, England
Died: August 9, 1932

Political scientist and Fabian Society leader Graham Wallas is best known for his iconic work Human Nature in Politics. He contributed to the development of the London School of Economics and was one of its first professors. He also proposed one of the first models of the creative process.

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Thomas Humphrey Marshall
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Birthdate: December 19, 1893
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 29, 1981
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Alexander Carr-Saunders
(British educator)
Alexander Carr-Saunders
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Birthdate: January 14, 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Reigate, Surrey, England
Died: October 6, 1966
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Peter Willmott
(Sociologist)
Peter Willmott
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Birthdate: September 18, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oxford, England
Died: April 8, 2000