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Daniel Bell (May 10, 1919 - January 25, 2011) was a sociologist and a professor emeritus at Harvard University, best known for his seminal contributions to the study of post-industrialism. Bell was among the original New York Intellectuals, a group of anti-Stalinist left-wing writers.

He is best known for his contributions to post-industrialism. His most influential books are The End of Ideology (1960), The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism (1976) and The Coming of Post-Industrial Society (1973). The End of Ideology and The Cultural Contradictions of Capitalism appeared on the Times Literary Supplement’s list of the 100 most important books of the second half of the twentieth century.


Bell graduated from City College of New York with a B.A. in sociology in 1939. He started his career as a journalist, being a managing editor of The New Leader magazine (1941–1945), a labor editor of Fortune (1948–1958) and a co-founder of The Public Interest Magazine (1965). In 1960 Columbia University awarded him with a Ph.D. degree. He taught sociology first at Columbia University (1959–1969) and then at Harvard University. He served as a member of President’s Commission on Technology in 1964–1965 and as member of President’s Commission on a National Agenda for the 1980’s in 1979.

Bell's son, David Bell, is a professor of history at Johns Hopkins University.

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