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Ralf Dahrendorf

1929 - 2009

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Ralf Gustav Dahrendorf, also known as Baron Dahrendorf and Lord Dahrendorf, (Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Fellowship of the British Academy: 1 May 1929 – 17 June 2009) was a German-British sociologist, philosopher, political scientist and liberal politician. A class conflict theorist, Dahrendorf was a leading expert on explaining and analysing class divisions in modern society. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ralf Dahrendorf has received more than 445,305 page views. His biography is available in 40 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Ralf Dahrendorf is the 10th most popular political scientist (down from 7th in 2019), the 774th most popular biography from Germany (down from 640th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular German Political Scientist.

Ralf Dahrendorf is most famous for his work in the sociology of knowledge, and his book "Class and Class Conflict in Industrial Society."

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Among political scientists, Ralf Dahrendorf ranks 10 out of 29Before him are Francis Fukuyama, Harold Lasswell, Georg Jellinek, Hans Morgenthau, Christian Lous Lange, and Benedict Anderson. After him are Robert A. Dahl, Johan Galtung, Maurice Duverger, Gene Sharp, Joseph Nye, and Aleksandr Dugin.

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Among people born in 1929, Ralf Dahrendorf ranks 58Before him are Günter Schabowski, Christa Wolf, Peter L. Berger, George Steiner, Zoltán Czibor, and Isamu Akasaki. After him are Jerry Goldsmith, Mohamed Al-Fayed, E. O. Wilson, Milorad Pavić, Pierre Brice, and Gudrun Burwitz. Among people deceased in 2009, Ralf Dahrendorf ranks 21Before him are Omar Bongo, Les Paul, Robert McNamara, Vivian Maier, Karl Malden, and Maurice Druon. After him are Jean Dausset, Milorad Pavić, Jennifer Jones, Vitaly Ginzburg, Bobby Robson, and Abdurrahman Wahid.

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Among people born in Germany, Ralf Dahrendorf ranks 774 out of 6,142Before him are Hugo Sperrle (1885), Herschel Grynszpan (1921), Frederick II, Elector of Saxony (1412), Herta Oberheuser (1911), Richard von Krafft-Ebing (1840), and Princess Feodora of Leiningen (1807). After him are Princess Wilhelmine of Baden (1788), Uwe Seeler (1936), Friedrich Dollmann (1882), Otto III, Duke of Bavaria (1261), Louisa Ulrika of Prussia (1720), and Magda Schneider (1909).


Among political scientists born in Germany, Ralf Dahrendorf ranks 3Before him are Georg Jellinek (1851) and Hans Morgenthau (1904). After him are Anton Friedrich Justus Thibaut (1772).