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In Memoriam: W.W. Daniel

W.W. Daniel, an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Employment Research (IER) for many years, has died after a long illness. W.W. Daniel – Bill to everyone who knew him – was one of Britain’s most prominent, outstanding and influential social scientists. He was appointed CBE in 1993.

Amongst his many achievements were those of creating the Workplace Employment Relations Surveys (WERS) - possibly the most cited social surveys in the world - and carrying out the first, large-scale longitudinal survey of unemployed people in Britain (published as the Unemployed Flow). As well as WERS he will be remembered for the pioneering study of Racial Disadvantage in England (Penguin, 1968) which had a decisive influence on the Race Relations Act of 1968.

Terence Hogarth, a Principal Research Fellow in IER, who worked with Bill for many years, commented:

Bill was an outstanding social scientist who made a massive impact on so many aspects of working life in Britain. He was an inspiration to work alongside and he will be very much missed by all who knew him. But more than anything else he will be remembered as a generous, loyal, and courageous friend."