Philosopher and German sociologist, born in Hamburg on May 1, 1929 and died in Cologne, on June 18, 2009.
He obtained the doctorate in philosophy from the University of Hamburg and specialized in sociology at the London School of Economics. Professor in various universities in Europe and America, rector of the St. Anthony's College, Oxford, is one of the major partners in the reflection on the construction of the European Community. His most important work is classes and classes in industrial society (1959) conflicts, in which elaborates a theory of social conflict in society mob. He has also written: Homo sociologicus (1959), exit utopia (1967), sociology of industry and Enterprise (1956), sociology of the contemporary Germany (1965), The new Liberty (1975) and Life Chances (1979). In 2007 he was awarded the Prince of Asturias Award for social sciences.