List of Famous Sociologists People

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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: Eurasia, Thuringia, Germany, Erfurt
    • Profession: Sociologist, Economist, Philosopher
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    Daniel Patrick Moynihan
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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: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
    • Profession: Sociologist, Politician
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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
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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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    Herbert Spencer
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    Herbert Spencer was an English philosopher, biologist, anthropologist, sociologist, and prominent classical liberal political theorist of the Victorian era. Spencer developed an all-embracing conception of evolution as the progressive development of the physical world, biological organisms, the human ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1820-1903)
    • Birthplace: Derby, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Sociologist, Philosopher
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    Émile Durkheim
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    David Émile Durkheim was a French sociologist, social psychologist and philosopher. He formally established the academic discipline and — with Karl Marx and Max Weber — is commonly cited as the principal architect of modern social science and father of sociology. Much of Durkheim's work was concerned ...more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1858-1917)
    • Birthplace: Épinal, France
    • Profession: Sociologist, Scientist, Philosopher
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    Francisco Pascasio Moreno was a prominent explorer and academic in Argentina, where he is usually referred to as Perito Moreno. Perito Moreno has been credited as one of the most influential figures in the Argentine incorporation of large parts of Patagonia.more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1852-1919)
    • Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
    • Profession: Paleontologist, Sociologist, Anthropologist, Educator, Historian, + more
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    Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, sometimes called Thomas Masaryk in English, was a Czechoslovak politician, sociologist and philosopher, who as an eager advocate of Czechoslovak independence during World War I became the founder and first President of Czechoslovakia. He originally wished to reform the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1850-1937)
    • Birthplace: Hodonín, Europe, Jihovýchod, South Moravian Region, Czech Republic, + more
    • Profession: Statesman, Sociologist, Philosopher
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    Michael Schudson
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    Michael S. Schudson is Professor of Journalism in the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Sociology. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, San Diego. He is a well-respected and widely-cited expert in the fields such as ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Sociologist, Professor
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    Harriet Martineau
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    Harriet Martineau was an English social theorist and Whig writer, often cited as the first female sociologist. Martineau wrote many books and a multitude of essays from a sociological, holistic, religious, domestic, and perhaps most controversially, feminine perspective; she also translated various ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1802-1876)
    • Birthplace: Norwich, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Philosopher
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    Hannah Arendt
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    Johanna "Hannah" Arendt was a German-born political theorist. Though often described as a philosopher, she rejected that label on the grounds that philosophy is concerned with "man in the singular" and instead described herself as a political theorist because her work centers on the fact that "men, not ...more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1906-1975)
    • Birthplace: Hanover, Germany
    • Profession: Political scientist, Author, Essayist, Writer, Philosopher
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    Charles Wright Mills was an American sociologist, and a professor of sociology at Columbia University from 1946 until his death in 1962. Mills was published widely in popular and intellectual journals, and is remembered for several books, among them The Power Elite, which introduced that term and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 46 (1916-1962)
    • Birthplace: Waco, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Sociologist
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    Pierre Bourdieu
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    Pierre Bourdieu was a sociologist, anthropologist, philosopher, and renowned public intellectual. Bourdieu's work was primarily concerned with the dynamics of power in society, and especially the diverse and subtle ways in which power is transferred and social order maintained within and across ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1930-2002)
    • Birthplace: Denguin, France
    • Profession: Sociologist, Writer, Philosopher
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    Auguste Comte
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    Isidore Auguste Marie François Xavier Comte, better known as Auguste Comte, was a French philosopher. He was a founder of the discipline of sociology and of the doctrine of positivism. He is sometimes regarded as the first philosopher of science in the modern sense of the term. Influenced by the utopian ...more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1798-1857)
    • Birthplace: Montpellier, France
    • Profession: Philosopher
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    Thorstein Veblen
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    Thorstein Bunde Veblen was an American economist and sociologist, and leader of the institutional economics movement. Veblen is credited for the main technical principle used by institutional economists, known as the Veblenian dichotomy. It is a distinction between what Veblen called "institutions" and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1857-1929)
    • Birthplace: Cato, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Sociologist, Economist
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    John W. Meyer is a sociologist and emeritus professor at Stanford University, located in Palo Alto, California. Beginning in the 1970s and continuing to the present day, Meyer has contributed fundamental ideas to the field of sociology, especially in the areas of education, organizations, and global and ...more

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    • Profession: Sociologist
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