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Solomon (Sol) Encel







Solomon (Sol) Encel was born on 3rd March 1925 in Poland and arrived in Australia with his parents at the age of four. Encel completed his studies at the University of Melbourne, obtaining an MA in 1952 and a PhD in 1960. Like most of his contemporaries who would later become sociologists, Encel began his academic career in surrogate departments, attaining his first position as Senior Lecturer and Reader in Political Science from 1961-1966 at the Australian National University. In 1966, Encel was appointed Professor of Sociology at the University of New South Wales where he would vigorously promote sociology as an autonomous social science discipline. These efforts, including acting as an early president of SAANZ (1968), [link to the webpage with the list of TASA presidents] would later earn him widespread recognition as one of the early pioneers of Australian sociology. Encel published prolifically over his career and is well known for his two landmark books, Australian Society (1965) and Equality and Authority in Australia (1970). He was particularly interested in sociological research that engaged with current government policy and debates, and made contributions within a number of public policy bodies on issues from population ageing to women’s equality and multiculturalism. Retiring from formal academic duties in 1991, Encel became an Honorary Fellow and Emeritus Professor at the University of New South Wales’ Social Policy Research Centre. Sol Encel remained remarkably active in his research until his sudden passing on 23rd July 2010.