Sociologists

Any person who is an expert in the study of social institutions in the society and the development of humans with social circles in communities may be referred to as a sociologist. Sociologists study human behavior, their origins, evolution and other factors like their development, interactions and their collective behavioral patterns in social groups. Thus, sociologists are engaged in the scientific analysis and the examination of any social institution and its relationship and effects on the various facets of the human society. They study the reasons for behavioral change in humans over a period of time and determine the various factors that cause can in behavior. Sociology originated in the 18th and the 19th century, during the period when Western Europe was going through a host of economical, technical changes and social changes that a great impact on the social order. Sociologist may be specialized in fields like social problems, social psychology, social statistics, industrial sociology, sociology of work, sociology of occupations and professions and other files. Some other areas of specializations include race, gender, sex, cultural diversity, labor and industrial relations, personnel management and business relations. Discover some of the world’s most famous sociologists with the help of their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.
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 1 W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois
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Famous As: Civil Rights Activists
Birthdate: February 23, 1868
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Ghanaian
Died: August 27, 1963

W. E. B. Du Bois was an American civil rights activist, sociologist, and Pan-Africanist. Du Bois played an instrumental role in fighting for full civil rights for people of color around the world. A co-founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Du Bois also played an important role as the leader of the Niagara Movement.

 2 Max Weber

Maximilian Carl Emil Weber
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: April 21, 1864
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German
Died: June 14, 1920

Max Weber was a German historian, political economist, jurist, and sociologist. Widely regarded as one of the most influential and important theorists, Weber's ideas had a profound influence on social research and social theory. Although he did not see himself as a sociologist, Weber is often counted among the fathers of sociology alongside Émile Durkheim, Auguste Comte, and Karl Marx.

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 3 Emile Durkheim

Emile Durkheim
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Famous As: Sociologist & Philosopher
Birthdate: April 15, 1858
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French
Died: November 15, 1917

Emile Durkheim was a French sociologist. He is credited with establishing the discipline of sociology for academic purposes and is widely regarded as the chief architect of modern social science. During his lifetime, Emile Durkheim published several works on topics like morality, religion, and education. He also played a major role in the development of sociology and anthropology as disciplines.

 4 Judith Butler

Judith Butler
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Famous As: Philosopher, Writer, University teacher, Sociologist, Literary critic, Feminist, Journalist
Birthdate: February 24, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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 5 Pierre Bourdieu

Pierre Bourdieu
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Famous As: Philosopher, Sociologist, Anthropologist, Publisher, Essayist, Writer, Professor
Birthdate: August 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French
Died: January 23, 2002

 6 Jürgen Habermas

Jürgen Habermas
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: June 18, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
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 7 Jean Baudrillard

Jean Baudrillard
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: July 27, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French
Died: March 6, 2007
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 8 Theodor W. Adorno

Theodor W. Adorno
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: September 11, 1903
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German
Died: August 6, 1969
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 9 Erich Fromm

Erich Fromm
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: March 23, 1900
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German
Died: March 18, 1980

 10 Ludwig von Mises

Ludwig von Mises
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Famous As: Economist, Philosopher, Sociologist
Birthdate: September 29, 1881
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Austrian
Died: October 10, 1973
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 11 Herbert Simon

Herbert Simon
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Famous As: Economist, Political scientist, sociologist, psychologist, and professor
Birthdate: June 15, 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: February 9, 2001

 12 Stanley Milgram

Stanley Milgram
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Famous As: Psychologist, University teacher, Sociologist
Birthdate: August 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: December 20, 1984

 13 Aleksandr Dugin

Aleksandr Dugin
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Famous As: Analyst
Birthdate: January 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Russian

 14 Herbert Marcuse

Herbert Marcuse
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: July 18, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German, American
Died: July 29, 1979
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 15 Karl Marx

Karl Marx
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: May 5, 1818
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Prussian
Died: March 14, 1883

Karl Marx, the philosopher, economist, political theorist and socialist revolutionary, is best-known for the 1848 pamphlet, The Communist Manifesto and the three-volume Das Kapital. His theories, called Marxism, maintained that class conflict leads to the development of human societies and that internal tension were inherent in capitalism, which would ultimately be replaced by the socialist mode of production.

 16 Erving Goffman

Erving Goffman
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Famous As: Sociologist, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: June 11, 1922
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian, American
Died: November 20, 1982
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 17 Talcott Parsons

Talcott Parsons
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: December 13, 1902
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 8, 1979

 18 Paul Ekman

Paul Ekman
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Famous As: Psychologist, Anthropologist, Sociologist, Non-fiction writer, University teacher
Birthdate: February 15, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius

 19 Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 3, 1860
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: August 17, 1935

 20 Stuart Hall

Stuart Hall
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: February 3, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Jamaican, British
Died: February 10, 2014

 21 Robert K. Merton

Robert K. Merton
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: July 4, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: February 23, 2003

 22 Zygmunt Bauman

Zygmunt Bauman
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: November 19, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Polish, British
Died: January 9, 2017

 23 Vilfredo Pareto

Vilfredo Pareto
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Famous As: Economist, Writer, Philosopher, Sociologist, University teacher
Birthdate: July 15, 1848
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French, Italian
Died: August 19, 1923

 24 Ulrike Meinhof

Ulrike Meinhof
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Sociologist
Birthdate: October 7, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German
Died: May 9, 1976

 25 George Herbert Mead

George Herbert Mead
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: February 27, 1863
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: April 26, 1931

 26 C. Wright Mills

C. Wright Mills
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: August 28, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: March 20, 1962

 27 Bruno Latour

Bruno Latour
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Famous As: Philosopher, Anthropologist, Sociologist, University teacher
Birthdate: June 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French

 28 Georg Simmel

Georg Simmel
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Famous As: Philosopher, Sociologist, University teacher
Birthdate: March 1, 1858
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German
Died: September 26, 1918

 29 Anthony Giddens

Anthony Giddens
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: January 18, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 30 Charles Fourier

Charles Fourier
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Famous As: Economist, Sociologist, Philosopher
Birthdate: April 7, 1772
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French
Died: October 10, 1837

 31 Shelby Steele

Shelby Steele
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 32 Alain Badiou

Alain Badiou
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Famous As: Philosopher, Novelist, Playwright, Editor, University teacher, Sociologist
Birthdate: January 17, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French

 33 Michel Aflaq

Michel Aflaq
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Famous As: politician, writer, sociologist, philosopher
Birthdate: January 9, 1910
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Syrian
Died: June 23, 1989

 34 Fredric Jameson

Fredric Jameson
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Famous As: Essayist, Political scientist, Writer, Professor, Literary critic, Sociologist, Journalist
Birthdate: April 14, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 35 Clifford Geertz

Clifford Geertz
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Famous As: Anthropologist, University teacher, Sociologist
Birthdate: August 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: October 30, 2006

 36 Henri Lefebvre

Henri Lefebvre
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Famous As: Philosopher, Politician, Sociologist, University teacher, Literary critic
Birthdate: June 16, 1901
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: French
Died: June 29, 1991

 37 Karl Polanyi

Karl Polanyi
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Famous As: Economist, Anthropologist, Economic historian, Historian, Journalist, Philosopher, Writer, University teacher, Sociologist
Birthdate: October 25, 1886
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Hungarian
Died: April 23, 1964

 38 Gregory Bateson

Gregory Bateson
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Philosopher, Sociologist, Psychologist
Birthdate: May 9, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British, American
Died: June 11, 1980

 39 Jean-François Lyotard

Jean-François Lyotard
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Famous As: Philosopher, Philologist, Writer, Linguist, Epistemologist, Sociologist, Literary theorist, University teacher, Literary critic
Birthdate: August 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French
Died: April 21, 1998

 40 Jeremy Rifkin

Jeremy Rifkin
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Famous As: Economist, Sociologist, Writer, Prospectivist, University teacher
Birthdate: January 26, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 41 Immanuel Wallerstein

Immanuel Wallerstein
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Famous As: Economist, Geopolitician, Economic historian, Historian, Political scientist, Writer, Sociologist, University teacher
Birthdate: September 28, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 42 Jacques Ellul

Jacques Ellul
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Famous As: Theologian, Philosopher, Writer, Sociologist, University teacher
Birthdate: January 6, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French
Died: May 19, 1994

 43 Elton Mayo

Elton Mayo
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Famous As: Psychologist, University teacher, Sociologist
Birthdate: December 26, 1880
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Australian
Died: September 7, 1949

 44 José Ortega y Gasset

José Ortega y Gasset
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Famous As: Philosopher, Educationist, Writer, University teacher, Sociologist, Mathematician, Literary critic
Birthdate: May 9, 1883
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Spanish
Died: October 18, 1955

 45 Alva Belmont

Alva Belmont
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Famous As: socialite
Birthdate: January 17, 1853
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: January 26, 1933

 46 Lewis Hine

Lewis Hine
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: September 26, 1874
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: November 3, 1940

 47 Arthur de Gobineau

Arthur de Gobineau
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Famous As: Racial theorist, Philosopher, Writer, Diplomat, Poet, Novelist, Sociologist, Politician
Birthdate: July 14, 1816
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French
Died: October 13, 1882

 48 Princess María Teresa of Bourbon-Parma

Princess María Teresa of Bourbon-Parma
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Famous As: Political Scientist
Birthdate: July 28, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Spanish, French
Died: March 26, 2020

 49 Fernando Henrique Cardoso

Fernando Henrique Cardoso
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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat, Sociologist, Writer
Birthdate: June 18, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Brazilian

 50 Harriet Martineau

Harriet Martineau
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Famous As: Linguist, Journalist, Economist, Historian, Translator, Writer, Sociologist, Essayist, Feminist
Birthdate: June 12, 1802
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
Died: June 27, 1876
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