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Theodor W. Adorno

1903 - 1969

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Theodor W. Adorno ( ə-DOR-noh, German: [ˈteːodoːɐ̯ ʔaˈdɔʁno] (listen); born Theodor Ludwig Wiesengrund; 11 September 1903 – 6 August 1969) was a German philosopher, sociologist, psychologist, musicologist, and composer. He was a leading member of the Frankfurt School of critical theory, whose work has come to be associated with thinkers such as Ernst Bloch, Walter Benjamin, Max Horkheimer, Erich Fromm, and Herbert Marcuse, for whom the works of Freud, Marx, and Hegel were essential to a critique of modern society. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Theodor W. Adorno has received more than 1,939,966 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia. Theodor W. Adorno is the 4th most popular sociologist, the 119th most popular biography from Germany (down from 101st in 2019) and the 2nd most popular German Sociologist.

Theodor W. Adorno was an influential German philosopher, sociologist, and musicologist. He is most famous for his critical theory of society, which is a broad term for his work in philosophy, sociology, and musicology.

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Among sociologists, Theodor W. Adorno ranks 4 out of 54Before him are Max Weber, Émile Durkheim, and Pierre Bourdieu. After him are Robert K. Merton, Georg Simmel, Talcott Parsons, Erving Goffman, Anthony Giddens, Norbert Elias, Marcel Mauss, and Niklas Luhmann.

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Among people born in 1903, Theodor W. Adorno ranks 4Before him are George Orwell, John von Neumann, and Aram Khachaturian. After him are Konrad Lorenz, Olav V of Norway, Georges Simenon, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, John Dillinger, Vladimir Horowitz, Mark Rothko, and Kane Tanaka. Among people deceased in 1969, Theodor W. Adorno ranks 5Before him are Ho Chi Minh, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Karl Jaspers, and Walter Gropius. After him are Sharon Tate, Judy Garland, Franz von Papen, Kliment Voroshilov, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Liu Shaoqi, and Brian Jones.

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Among people born in Germany, Theodor W. Adorno ranks 119 out of 6,142Before him are Erich Honecker (1912), Ernst Röhm (1887), Frederick III, German Emperor (1831), George II of Great Britain (1683), Walter Benjamin (1892), and Henry the Fowler (876). After him are Gerd von Rundstedt (1875), Clara Zetkin (1857), George I of Great Britain (1660), Georg Philipp Telemann (1681), Heinrich Böll (1917), and Augustus II the Strong (1670).


Among sociologists born in Germany, Theodor W. Adorno ranks 2Before him are Max Weber (1864). After him are Georg Simmel (1858), Niklas Luhmann (1927), Robert Michels (1876), Amitai Etzioni (1929), Juan José Linz (1926), Andre Gunder Frank (1929), and Claus Offe (1940).