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, who is considered one of the most important social theorists of the 20th century. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Niklas Luhmann has received more than 484,047 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Niklas Luhmann is the 14th most popular sociologist (down from 11th in 2019), the 421st most popular biography from Germany (down from 364th 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 14 out of 54Before him are Erving Goffman, Anthony Giddens, Norbert Elias, Marcel Mauss, Karl Mannheim, and Immanuel Wallerstein. After him are Gabriel Tarde, Ulrich Beck, Pitirim Sorokin, C. Wright Mills, Peter L. Berger, and Robert Michels.

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Among people born in 1927, Niklas Luhmann ranks 22Before him are Turgut Özal, Janet Leigh, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Sidney Poitier, Kim Young-sam, and Mary Higgins Clark. After him are Maurice Béjart, Margaret Keane, Robert Ludlum, Princess Joséphine Charlotte of Belgium, Harry Belafonte, and Martin Lewis Perl. Among people deceased in 1998, Niklas Luhmann ranks 11Before him are Jean Marais, Carlos Castaneda, Ernst Jünger, Todor Zhivkov, Jean-François Lyotard, and Yang Shangkun. After him are Octavio Paz, Alan Shepard, Raymond Cattell, Vladimir Prelog, Theodore Schultz, and Konstantinos Karamanlis.

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Among people born in Germany, Niklas Luhmann ranks 421 out of 5,289Before him are Bruno of Cologne (1030), Ananda Mahidol (1925), Wassily Leontief (1906), Erich Kästner (1899), Jean Paul (1763), and Georgy Lvov (1861). After him are F. W. Murnau (1888), Roland Freisler (1893), Johann Gottfried Galle (1812), Duchess Helene in Bavaria (1834), Friedrich Fromm (1888), and Robert Ley (1890).


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), Andre Gunder Frank (1929), and Juan José Linz (1926).