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Reinhard Bendix
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Reinhard Bendix

Reinhard Bendix (February 25, 1916-February 28, 1991) was an accomplished sociologist born in Berlin, Germany. Early in his life he was believed to have belonged to an underground Nazi resistance group. In 1938 he emigrated to the United States. He received his B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and subsequently taught there from 1943 to 1946. Following that he taught in the Sociology Department of the University of Colorado before moving on to the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley in 1947.

In 1969 Bendix was elected President of the American Sociological Association, the 61st person to hold that position. From 1968 to 1970 he served as Director of the University of California Education Abroad Program in Göttingen, Germany. In 1972 he joined the Department of Political Science at Berkeley.

He held guest professorships at numerous schools worldwide, including at Columbia University, St. Catherine's and Nuffield Colleges at the University of Oxford, the Free University of Berlin, the University of Constance, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the University of Heidelberg.

In the course of his lifetime he received many honors, including fellowships from the Fulbright Program and the Guggenheim, a grant from the Carnegie Corporation, as well as being named a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, and was accepted into both the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Bendrix was also a member of the American Academy for the Advancement of Science and American Philosophical Society and received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Leeds, Mannheim, and Göttingen.

Bendrix died in 1991 of a heart attack while teaching a graduate seminar.


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