German of the Week: Ulrich Beck, renowned sociologist

Ulrich Beck, the celebrated sociologist, died at the age of 70 of a heart attack on Thursday.

He was professor of sociology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München and the London School of Economics.
Beck was revered for his work in modernisation and globalisation, and brought the words “risk society” and “second modernity” into academic parlance. In fact, his book about risk society was sold internationally in 35 languages.

Beck was a heavyweight of the academic world, contributing enormously to the field of sociology.

At the world congress for sociology last year he was awarded a lifetime achievement award for Distinguished Contribution to Futures Research by the International Sociological Association.