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List of Famous Sociologists

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List of famous sociologists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top sociologists in the world? This includes the most prominent sociologists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable sociologists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic sociologists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned sociologists.

Examples of people on this list: Michel Foucault, Daniel Patrick Moynihan and more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known sociologists to the lesser known sociologists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the sociologist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous sociologists ever?" and "What are the names of famous sociologists?" then you're in the right place. (273 items)
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    Karl Marx is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
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    Karl Marx was a German philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist, and revolutionary socialist. Marx's work in economics laid the basis for much of the current understanding of labour and its relation to capital, and subsequent economic thought. He published numerous books during his lifetime, the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1818-1883)
    • Birthplace: Trier, Germany
    • Profession: Sociologist, Politician, Historian, Economist, Writer, + more
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    Michel Foucault is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
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    Michel Foucault was a French philosopher, historian of ideas, social theorist, philologist and literary critic. His theories addressed the relationship between power and knowledge, and how they are used as a form of social control through societal institutions. Though often cited as a post-structuralist ...more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1926-1984)
    • Birthplace: Poitiers, France
    • Profession: Sociologist, Writer, Philosopher
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    Jane Addams

    Jane Addams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
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    Jane Addams was a pioneer American settlement social worker, public philosopher, sociologist, author, and leader in women's suffrage and world peace. In an era when presidents such as Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson identified themselves as reformers and social activists, Addams was one of the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1860-1935)
    • Birthplace: Cedarville, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Sociologist, Author, Physician, Social activist
    • Credits: Shoes
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    W.E.B. Du Bois

    W.E.B. Du Bois is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
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    William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." Du Bois was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author and editor. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively tolerant and integrated community. After graduating from Harvard, where he was the first ...more

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    • Age: Died at 95 (1868-1963)
    • Birthplace: Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Editor, Journalist, Historian, Professor, Writer, + more
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    Max Weber is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
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    Karl Emil Maximilian "Max" Weber was a German sociologist, philosopher, and political economist whose ideas profoundly influenced social theory and social research. Weber is often cited, with Émile Durkheim and Karl Marx, as among the three founders of sociology. Weber was a key proponent of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 56 (1864-1920)
    • Birthplace: Erfurt, Germany
    • Profession: Sociologist, Economist, Philosopher
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    Daniel Patrick Moynihan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
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    Daniel Patrick Moynihan was an American politician and sociologist. A member of the Democratic Party, he was first elected to the United States Senate for New York in 1976, and was re-elected three times. He declined to run for re-election in 2000. Prior to his years in the Senate, Moynihan was the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1927-2003)
    • Birthplace: Area code 918, Tulsa County, Tulsa, United States of America, Area codes 918 and 539, + more
    • Profession: Sociologist, Politician
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    Harry Edwards is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
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    Harry Edwards is an African-American sociologist who took his PhD at Cornell University and is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Edwards' career has focused on the experiences of African-American athletes and he is a strong advocate of black participation in the ...more

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    • Age: age 73
    • Birthplace: East St. Louis, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Sociologist
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    Alexis de Tocqueville

    Alexis de Tocqueville is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
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    Alexis-Charles-Henri Clérel de Tocqueville was a French political thinker and historian best known for his works Democracy in America and The Old Regime and the Revolution. In both of these, he analyzed the improved living standards and social conditions of individuals, as well as their relationship to ...more

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    • Age: Died at 54 (1805-1859)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Historian, Lawyer
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