Ralf Gustav Dahrendorf, Baron Dahrendorf, KBE, FBA (1 May 1929 – 17 June 2009) was a German-British sociologist, philosopher, political scientist and liberal politician.
During his political career, he was a Member of the German Parliament, Parliamentary Secretary of State at the Foreign Office of Germany, European Commissioner for External Relations and Trade, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Education and Member of the British House of Lords, after he was created a life peer in 1993. He was since known in the United Kingdom as Lord Dahrendorf .
Dahrendorf was a leading expert on class divisions in modern society, and has been described as "one of the most influential thinkers of his generation".
He served as director of the London School of Economics and Warden of St Antony's College at the University of Oxford. He also served as a Professor of Sociology at a number of universities in Germany and the United Kingdom, and was most recently a Research Professor at the Berlin Social Science Research Center.
Read more about Ralf Dahrendorf: Early Life, Education and Career, Marriages and Children, Death, Class and Class Conflict in Industrial Society, Dahrendorf's Theory On Class Conflict, Criticism, Relationship To Other Classical Theorists, and Perspectives, Further Reading, Works Available in English, Works Available in French, Works Available in German, Awards and Honours
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