Ralf Dahrendorf

1929 - 2009

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Ralf Gustav Dahrendorf, Baron Dahrendorf, (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 336,423 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Ralf Dahrendorf is the 7th most popular political scientist (up from 8th in 2019), the 640th most popular biography from Germany (up from 645th in 2019) and the 2nd 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 7 out of 29Before him are Zygmunt Bauman, Samuel P. Huntington, Étienne de La Boétie, Harold Lasswell, Hans Morgenthau, and Francis Fukuyama. After him are Benedict Anderson, Georg Jellinek, Robert A. Dahl, Christian Lous Lange, Johan Galtung, and Maurice Duverger.

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Among people born in 1929, Ralf Dahrendorf ranks 47Before him are Rudolf Mössbauer, Ursula K. Le Guin, Chespirito, Zdzisław Beksiński, Jean Simmons, and June Carter Cash. After him are Günter Schabowski, Hebe Camargo, Lennart Meri, Eric Kandel, Christa Wolf, and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Among people deceased in 2009, Ralf Dahrendorf ranks 20Before him are Corazon Aquino, Les Paul, Robert McNamara, Mercedes Sosa, Vivian Maier, and Maurice Druon. After him are Omar Bongo, Bobby Robson, Abdurrahman Wahid, Milorad Pavić, Vitaly Ginzburg, and Karl Malden.

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Among people born in Germany, Ralf Dahrendorf ranks 640 out of 5,289Before him are Sophia Charlotte of Hanover (1668), Jenny von Westphalen (1814), Otto Diels (1876), Bert Hellinger (1925), Jürgen Klopp (1967), and Ernst Chain (1906). After him are Hermann von Salza (1170), Rudolf von Jhering (1818), Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck (1870), David Strauss (1808), Max Schmeling (1905), and Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg (1856).


Among political scientists born in Germany, Ralf Dahrendorf ranks 2Before him are Hans Morgenthau (1904). After him are Georg Jellinek (1851) and Anton Friedrich Justus Thibaut (1772).