It’s a pity that I haven’t had a chance to listen to one of his lectures.

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Curriculum Vitae

Age 80 on Sunday.

Born Middlesbrough.

Status Married; five adult children.

Lives Near Bristol.

Education University College school, London; St John’s College, Cambridge (BA philosophy). Graduate studies in anthropology at Cambridge, and sociology at Free University of Berlin.

Academic career 1998-present: professor of international social policy, London School of Economics; 1982-present: professor and emeritus professor, University of Bristol; 1963-81: professor of sociology, University of Essex; 1957-63: lecturer, London School of Economics.

Public life Child Poverty Action Group: founding member in 1965 and life president since 1989; Disability Alliance: co-founder in 1973 and president since 1999. Fabian Society: vice-president since 1989. Has served on Labour party policy committees (1955-87), and in assorted roles at Unesco, World Health Organisation, UN, International Labour Organisation and Unicef (1960-2008).

Interests Family.

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