David Frisby

David Frisby

Issued: Tue, 23 Nov 2010 15:52:00 GMT

David Frisby, Professor of Sociology, died on 20 November 2010 after a long illness.

David worked in the University of Glasgow from 1975 to 2005 before taking a post at the London School of Economics. He was an internationally recognised scholar who published extensively on the sociology of Georg Simmel, social theory and modernity, German social theory and aspects of modern urban experience. Through his extensive archival investigations in Central Europe and the US, he explored and analysed understandings of modernity offered by Georg Simmel, Siegfried Kracauer and Walter Benjamin, elevating the status of Georg Simmel in particular within the sociological canon. A number of his major works were translated into several languages, most notably "Georg Simmel: The Philosophy Of Money" (1978), which he translated (with Tom Bottomore), and introduced, and "Fragments Of Modernity"(1985).

Alongside his reputation as the intellectual expert of fin-de-siecle social theory, David was a generous colleague who helped to support and mentor many people, particularly early career researchers. He was also chair of the Urban Studies Foundation and his later works on Viennese and Berlin architecture have become justly celebrated by architectural historians.

David will be greatly missed.


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