Ulrich Beck

1944 - 2015

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Ulrich Beck (15 May 1944 – 1 January 2015) was a 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 321,888 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Ulrich Beck is the 14th most popular sociologist (up from 16th in 2019), the 93rd most popular biography from Poland (up from 100th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular 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 14 out of 54Before him are Erving Goffman, Anthony Giddens, Norbert Elias, Marcel Mauss, Niklas Luhmann, and Immanuel Wallerstein. After him are Karl Mannheim, Gabriel Tarde, Manuel Castells, Pitirim Sorokin, Peter L. Berger, and C. Wright Mills.

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Among people born in 1944, Ulrich Beck ranks 27Before him are Joe Frazier, Omar al-Bashir, Diana Ross, Danny Trejo, Ronnie Peterson, and Kary Mullis. After him are Dietrich Mateschitz, Helmut Berger, Rem Koolhaas, Alan Parker, Ibrahim Rugova, and Robert Kardashian. Among people deceased in 2015, Ulrich Beck ranks 22Before him are Nicholas Winton, Henning Mankell, Süleyman Demirel, Kim Young-sam, Josef Masopust, and Leonard Nimoy. After him are Richard von Weizsäcker, Otto Carius, Kenan Evren, Maya Plisetskaya, Eduardo Galeano, and Val Logsdon Fitch.

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Among people born in Poland, Ulrich Beck ranks 93 out of 1,454Before him are Anton Denikin (1872), Kurt Alder (1902), Judah Loew ben Bezalel (1512), Dziga Vertov (1896), Isidor Isaac Rabi (1898), and Friedrich Bergius (1884). After him are Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski (1899), Alfred von Tirpitz (1849), Catherine Jagiellon (1526), Tadeusz Reichstein (1897), Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein (1858), and Marie Walewska (1786).


Among sociologists born in Poland, Ulrich Beck ranks 2Before him are Norbert Elias (1897). After him are Ludwig Gumplowicz (1838) and Shmuel Eisenstadt (1923).