Ulrich Beck

1944 - 2015

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Ulrich Beck (15 May 1944 – 1 January 2015) was a well known German sociologist, and one of the most cited social scientists in the world during his lifetime. His work focused on questions of uncontrollability, ignorance and uncertainty in the modern age, and he coined the terms "risk society" and "second modernity" or "reflexive modernization". He also tried to overturn national perspectives that predominated in sociological investigations with a cosmopolitanism that acknowledges the interconnectedness of the modern world. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ulrich Beck has received more than 288,929 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Ulrich Beck is the 16th most popular sociologist (down from 15th in 2019), the 100th most popular biography from Poland (up from 118th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Polish Sociologist.

Ulrich Beck is a German sociologist who is most famous for his theory of risk society.

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Among sociologists, Ulrich Beck ranks 16 out of 54Before him are Norbert Elias, Marcel Mauss, Karl Mannheim, Immanuel Wallerstein, Niklas Luhmann, and Gabriel Tarde. After him are Pitirim Sorokin, C. Wright Mills, Peter L. Berger, Robert Michels, Daniel Bell, and Manuel Castells.

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Among people born in 1944, Ulrich Beck ranks 27Before him are Robert Kardashian, Carlos Alberto Torres, Omar al-Bashir, Danny Trejo, Dzhokhar Dudayev, and Rem Koolhaas. After him are Jairzinho, Kary Mullis, Diana Ross, Ronnie Peterson, Françoise Hardy, and Ibrahim Rugova. Among people deceased in 2015, Ulrich Beck ranks 22Before him are Lemmy, Leonard Nimoy, Josef Masopust, Kim Young-sam, Maya Plisetskaya, and Kenan Evren. After him are Otto Carius, Richard von Weizsäcker, Oliver Sacks, Laura Antonelli, Manoel de Oliveira, and Nicholas Winton.

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Among people born in Poland, Ulrich Beck ranks 100 out of 1,231Before him are Egon Krenz (1937), Albert Sabin (1906), Isidor Isaac Rabi (1898), Dziga Vertov (1896), Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein (1858), and Catherine Jagiellon (1526). After him are Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski (1899), Ferdinand von Richthofen (1833), Saint Casimir (1458), Casimir Funk (1884), Henryk Wieniawski (1835), and Kurt Student (1890).


Among sociologists born in Poland, Ulrich Beck ranks 2Before him are Norbert Elias (1897). After him are Ludwig Gumplowicz (1838).