Peer who once sat in German parliament dies aged 80

June 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm Leave a comment

The Lord Speaker has informed peers of the death of Lord Dahrendorf.

The cross-bencher died on Wednesday. A renowned sociologist, he was born in Hamburg in 1929.

His academic career took him from Germany to the London School of Economics in 1953.

He returned to teach in Germany and in 1969 he was elected as a member of the Bundestag for the Free Democratic Party.

He served as a Foreign Minister.

However, his parliamentary career was shortlived; in 1970 he became a European Commissioner.

Four years later he returned to LSE and served as its director for ten years.

He was raised to the peerage as Baron Dahrendorf, of Clare Market in the City of Westminster in 1993, having taken British citizenship in 1988.

The Daily Telegraph described Lord Dahrendorf as “a liberal sociologist whose reputation, mindset and loyalties transcended national boundaries.”



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