Elected: 2008
Discipline: Economics and Social Sciences
Professor Frank Bechhofer FRSE, FAcSS

Professor Emeritus of Social Research, University of Edinburgh.

Frank was born in Nuremberg, and left Germany when he was three years old, settling in Nottingham where his father re-established his business making tinsel ribbon and wire-coated string. He attended Nottingham Grammar School, and did Mechanical Sciences at Cambridge (at Queens College), graduating in 1959, with an MA in 1962. Thereafter, he was a research student in industrial management in the Department of Engineering, and was elected Foundation Scholar at Queen’s College in 1960. Frank was a keen hill walker, and as a summer job as a student, took groups walking in the Lake District. His early research was in industrial sociology and the sociology of work, and he joined the research team in the Department of Applied Economics led by John Goldthorpe and David Lockwood, along with Jennifer Platt. Between 1962 and 1965 they carried out the Affluent Worker Study published by Cambridge University Press as three major co-authored volumes in 1968 and 1969, a piece of research of such fame that it was translated into German (1970, 1971), Swedish (1971), French (1972) and Italian (1973). Read more about Frank Bechhofer