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Niklas Luhmann

1927 - 1998

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Niklas Luhmann (; German: [ˈluːman]; December 8, 1927 – November 6, 1998) was a German sociologist, philosopher of social science, and a prominent thinker in systems theory. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Niklas Luhmann has received more than 614,299 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia. Niklas Luhmann is the 12th most popular sociologist (up from 14th in 2019), the 446th most popular biography from Germany (down from 421st in 2019) and the 4th most popular German Sociologist.

Niklas Luhmann is most famous for his contributions to the study of social systems. He is often considered one of the most influential sociologists of the 20th century.

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Among sociologists, Niklas Luhmann ranks 12 out of 54Before him are Georg Simmel, Talcott Parsons, Erving Goffman, Anthony Giddens, Norbert Elias, and Marcel Mauss. After him are Immanuel Wallerstein, Ulrich Beck, Karl Mannheim, Gabriel Tarde, Manuel Castells, and Pitirim Sorokin.

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Among people born in 1927, Niklas Luhmann ranks 19Before him are Lawrence Kohlberg, Turgut Özal, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Mstislav Rostropovich, Kim Young-sam, and László Kubala. After him are Albert Uderzo, Juliette Gréco, Margaret Keane, Maurice Béjart, Janet Leigh, and Marshall Warren Nirenberg. Among people deceased in 1998, Niklas Luhmann ranks 13Before him are Ernst Jünger, Carlos Castaneda, Jean-François Lyotard, Yang Shangkun, Octavio Paz, and Alan Shepard. After him are Vladimir Prelog, Raymond Cattell, Konstantinos Karamanlis, Theodore Schultz, Frederick Reines, and Otto Kretschmer.

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Among people born in Germany, Niklas Luhmann ranks 446 out of 6,142Before him are Frederick III, Elector of Saxony (1463), Walther von Reichenau (1884), Bernhard von Bülow (1849), Felix Klein (1849), F. W. Murnau (1888), and Maximilian II Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria (1662). After him are Jochen Rindt (1942), Wilhelm List (1880), Josef Kramer (1906), Wilhelm Burgdorf (1895), Erhard Milch (1892), and Maximilian I, Elector of Bavaria (1573).


Among sociologists born in Germany, Niklas Luhmann ranks 4Before him are Max Weber (1864), Theodor W. Adorno (1903), and Georg Simmel (1858). After him are Robert Michels (1876), Amitai Etzioni (1929), Juan José Linz (1926), Andre Gunder Frank (1929), and Claus Offe (1940).