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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 famous people of sociology 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. 
Karl Marx is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Karl Marx (German: [ˈkaɐ̯l ˈmaɐ̯ks]; 5 May 1818 – 14 March 1883) was a German philosopher, economist, historian, sociologist, political theorist, journalist and socialist revolutionary. Born in ...more

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Michel Foucault is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Paul-Michel Foucault (UK: FOO-koh, US: foo-KOH, French: [pɔl miʃɛl fuko]; 15 October 1926 – 25 June 1984), generally known as Michel Foucault, was a French philosopher, historian of ideas, ...more

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Jane Addams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Jane Addams (September 6, 1860 – May 21, 1935) was an American settlement activist, reformer, social worker, sociologist, public administrator, and author. She was a notable figure in the ...more

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W.E.B. Du Bois is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
William Edward Burghardt Du Bois ( doo-BOYSS; February 23, 1868 – August 27, 1963) was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author, writer and editor. Born ...more
Max Weber is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Maximilian Karl Emil Weber (21 April 1864 – 14 June 1920) was a German sociologist, philosopher, jurist, and political economist. His ideas profoundly influenced social theory and social ...more

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Daniel Patrick Moynihan ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Daniel Patrick "Pat" Moynihan (March 16, 1927 – March 26, 2003) was an American politician, sociologist, and diplomat. A member of the Democratic Party, he represented New York in the ...more

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Harry Edwards is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Harry Edwards (born November 22, 1942) is an American sociologist and civil rights activist. He completed his Ph.D. at Cornell University and is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University ...more
Alexis de Tocqueville is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Alexis Charles-Henri-Maurice Clérel, Viscount de Tocqueville (; French: [alɛgzi də tɔkvil]; 29 July 1805 – 16 April 1859) was a French diplomat, political scientist and historian. He was ...more
Herbert Spencer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Herbert Spencer (27 April 1820 – 8 December 1903) was an English philosopher, biologist, anthropologist, sociologist, and prominent classical liberal political theorist of the Victorian era. ...more

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Émile Durkheim is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Émile Durkheim
David Émile Durkheim (French: [emil dyʁkɛm] or [dyʁkajm]; 15 April 1858 – 15 November 1917) was a Jewish sociologist in France. He formally established the academic discipline and—with W. ...more
Francisco Moreno is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Francisco Pascasio Moreno (May 31, 1852 – November 22, 1919) was a prominent explorer and academic in Argentina, where he is usually referred to as Perito Moreno (perito means "specialist, ...more
Tomáš Masaryk is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (Czech: [ˈtomaːʃ ˈɡarɪk ˈmasarɪk]), sometimes anglicised Thomas Masaryk (7 March 1850 – 14 September 1937), was a Czechoslovak politician, statesman, sociologist ...more
Michael Schudson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
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 ...more
Harriet Martineau is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Harriet Martineau (; 12 June 1802 – 27 June 1876) was a British social theorist and Whig writer, often cited as the first female sociologist.Martineau wrote many books and a multitude of essays ...more
Hannah Arendt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Johanna "Hannah" Cohn Arendt (, also US: , German: [ˈaːʁənt]; 14 October 1906 – 4 December 1975), also known as Hannah Arendt Bluecher, was a German-American philosopher and political ...more

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C. Wright Mills is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Charles Wright Mills (1916–1962) 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 ...more
Pierre Bourdieu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Pierre Bourdieu (French: [buʁdjø]; 1 August 1930 – 23 January 2002) was a French sociologist, anthropologist, philosopher and public intellectual.Bourdieu's work was primarily concerned ...more

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Auguste Comte is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Isidore Marie Auguste François Xavier Comte (pronounced [oɡyst kɔ̃t] (listen); 19 January 1798 – 5 September 1857) was a French philosopher and writer who formulated the doctrine of ...more
Thorstein Veblen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Thorstein Veblen (30 July 1857 – 3 August 1929) was a Norwegian-American economist and sociologist, who during his lifetime emerged as a well-known critic of capitalism. In his best-known book, ...more
John W. Meyer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
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 ...more
Edward Westermarck is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Edvard Alexander Westermarck was a Finnish philosopher and sociologist. Among other subjects, he studied exogamy and the incest taboo. The phenomenon of reverse sexual imprinting, now known as ...more
Ulrich Beck is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Ulrich Beck
Ulrich Beck was a German sociologist. His work focused on questions of uncontrollability, ignorance and uncertainty in the modern age, and he coined the terms "risk society" and ...more
Charles Tilly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Charles Tilly (May 27, 1929 – April 29, 2008) was an American sociologist, political scientist, and historian who wrote on the relationship between politics and society. He was professor of ...more
Nancy Chodorow is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Nancy Julia Chodorow (born January 20, 1944) is an American sociologist, feminist psychoanalyst, and professor. Influenced by Freud, Chodorow has written a number of influential books in ...more
Laurie Taylor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Sociologists
Laurence John Taylor (born 1 August 1936) is an English sociologist and radio presenter, originally from Liverpool.