Department of Sociology

Posts about the history of the Department of Sociology.

Sydney Mary Bushell, 1880-1959

Sydney Mary Bushell made significant contributions to the field of housing in the 1920s, particularly women’s housing, with the Garden City and Town Planning Association and Women’s Pioneer Housing. Born in Greenwich and raised in Liverpool and Formby, Sydney attended the North London Collegiate School for Girls. After working as a welder in the First World War, Sydney enrolled […]

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    Sociology and the Gay Liberation Front – Bob Mellors at LSE

Sociology and the Gay Liberation Front – Bob Mellors at LSE

On 14 October 1970 the first UK meeting of the Gay Liberation Front was held in an LSE classroom. The room was booked by Bob Mellors, a second year Sociology student. The story is told by LSE Archivist Sue Donnelly.

Bob Mellors was born on 28 October 1949 and came to LSE from Bramcote Hill Grammar School in Nottingham doing […]

  • Undated photograph of Robert René Kuczynski with his wife Bertha and son Jürgen, probably in Berlin. Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin.
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    Measuring world population at LSE – Robert René Kuczynski, an émigré scholar

Measuring world population at LSE – Robert René Kuczynski, an émigré scholar

Lukas Cladders and Ursula Ferdinand share the story of world population specialist Robert René Kuczynski. He joined LSE in the 1930s after fleeing Nazi Germany, and became the first Reader in Demography in a British university in 1938.

Born in 1876 into a family of Jewish bankers in Berlin, Robert René Kuczynski studied economics and law in Freiburg and with the famous […]

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    The extraordinary career of Charles Milne Skepper, 1905-1944

The extraordinary career of Charles Milne Skepper, 1905-1944

Chris Husbands shares the story of Charles Milne Skepper: the LSE Sociology student, teacher and finally posthumous benefactor who joined the Special Operations Executive and worked as an agent during the Second World War.

Charles Milne Skepper was a student at LSE 1926-29, earning a First in the BSc (Econ), special subject Sociology, before a brief period as a graduate student (though he […]