David Glass (sociologist)

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David Victor Glass, c. 1970s

David Victor ('D.V.') Glass FRS[1] (2 January 1911 – 23 September 1978) was an eminent English sociologist and was one of the few sociologists elected to the Royal Society.[1] He is also one of the very few people to be elected both Fellow of the British Academy and Fellow of the Royal Society. He was professor of sociology at the London School of Economics, 1948-1978.[2][3][4]


Glass was born in the East End of London, England, the son of a tailor, ande attended a state elementary school and Raine's Grammar School. He then took a degree from the LSE in 1931.

From 1932-1940 he was a research assistant to William Beveridge and statistician, Arthur Bowley.

In 1935 he was a research assistant with Lancelot Hogben in the department of Social Biology at the LSE. At this time he came into contact with R.R. Kuczynski. After Hogben's departure and the closing of the department in 1937, he was heavily involved in founding the Population Investigation Committee (PIC).

In 1948 he became professor.[5] and from 1961-1978 he was Martin White professor of sociology at the London School of Economics.

He died in 1978 from a coronary thrombosis and was survived by his wife Ruth Glass, the urban sociologist.

Positions held[edit]


  • The Town in a Changing World, 1935
  • The Struggle for Population, 1936
  • Population Policies and Movements in Europe, 1940
  • (ed) Introduction to Malthus, 1953
  • (ed) Social Mobility in Britain, 1954
  • (with Eugene Grebenik) The Trend and Pattern of Fertility in Great Britain, 1954
  • (ed) The University Teaching of Social Sciences: Demography, 1957
  • Latin American Seminar on Population: Report, 1958
  • Society: Approaches and Problems for Study, 1962 (co-ed)
  • Differential Fertility, Ability and Educational Objectives, 1962
  • (ed jtly), Population in History, 1965
  • (ed jtly) Population and Social Change, 1972
  • Numbering the People, 1973
  • (with P. Taylor) Population and Emigration, 1976

He was an editor of the journals Population Studies and British Journal of Sociology.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Wise, M. J. (1983). "David Victor Glass. 2 January 1912-23 September 1978". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 29: 201. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1983.0009. JSTOR 769802.  edit
  2. ^ Hobcraft, J. N. (1978). "David Victor Glass (1911-1978)". Population Index 44 (4): 621–629. JSTOR 2735158.  edit
  3. ^ Obituary, Jewish Chronicle, Oct. 6 1978, p. 32
  4. ^ E. Grebnik (2004). "Glass, David Victor (1911–1978)". The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/31149.  edit
  5. ^ Archives.lse.ac.uk