1905 – Born on March 14th in Paris, France. French sociologist, historian, and political commentator known for his skepticism of ideological orthodoxies.
1930 – Aron obtained his doctorate from the École Normale Supérieure with a thesis on the philosophy of history.
1939-1968 – He studied at the École Normale Supérieure, later becoming professor of social philosophy at the University of Toulouse and of sociology at the Sorbonne.
– He wrote for the leftist Combat and became a highly influential columnist for Le Figaro.
– His works focused on problems of sociology and history in opposition to Marxist ideology, and in L’Opium des intellectuels he criticized Jean-Paul Sartre and the Marxists for their support of the Soviet Union.
– Among his other works are Sociologie Allemande Contemporaine, Introduction à la Philosophie de l’histoire, and Démocratie et Totalitarianisme.
1983 – He died on October 17th in Paris.
– His Mémoires appeared.