He received an M.A. (1952) and PhD. (1960), both from the University of Melbourne. He was Professor of Sociology, University of New South Wales (1966–1990), Senior Lecturer and Reader in Political Science, Australian National University Canberra (1956–1966) and Tutor and Lecturer in Political Science, University of Melbourne (1952–1955).
He was the author of numerous books and articles, particularly including two landmark books, Australian Society (1965) and Equality and Authority in Australia (1970).
- University of New South Wales Social Policy Research Centre 'Emeritus Professor Sol Encel 1925-2010'
- Sol Encel - a tribute, (broadcast 14 August 2010), The Science Show, ABC Radio National download mp3 audio
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