Ulrich Beck was born on May 15, 1944 in the Pomeranian town of Stolp, Germany (now Słupsk in Poland). He recieved a professorship at Munich University and at the London School of Economics.
Beck is the leading German sociologist and author of the concept of risk society which was popularized in the book Risikogesellschaft. Currently, he studies modernization, ecological problems, individualization and globalization.
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