Ralf Dahrendorf, sociologist and politician, dead at 80
The German-Brit was a leading European intellectual, teaching at universities around the world including Oxford.Berlin -- Ralf Dahrendorf, the German-British sociologist and politician, has died aged 80, a spokeswoman for the Berlin social research centre where he was a professor said on Thursday.
Born in 1929 in the northern German port city of Hamburg, Dahrendorf was a leading European intellectual, teaching at universities around the world including Oxford. He was made a British life peer in 1993 having taken dual nationality in 1988.
He was also a German member of parliament and worked at the European Commission in Brussels in the 1970s.
Dahrendorf died in Cologne on Wednesday evening. He had been suffering from cancer.