1952, laying an early theory for the dynamics of bureaucracy. He also taught as Pitt Professor at Cambridge University in Great Britain, as a senior fellow at King’s College, and as a Distinguished Honorary professor at Tianjin Gale encyclopedia of sociology vol 3.pdf of Social Sciences which he helped to establish. In 1970 he returned to Columbia University, where he was awarded the lifetime position of Professor Emeritus.
New York to meet with graduate students and colleagues. From each of his theories, he deduced an hypothesis which he would test against large scale empirical research. He was one of the first sociological theorists to use high level statistics to develop sociology as a scientific discipline using macro-level empirical data to gird theory. This idea was one of the first to take individuals and distribute them along a multidimensional space. Blau-space is still used as a guide by sociologists and has been expanded to include areas of sociology never specifically covered by Blau himself. Europe grew and Hitler’s influence within Austria became increasingly evident.
His influence prohibted free speech, religion, and activities not sanctioned by the government. Blau was given a ten year sentence in the federal prison in Vienna. He was then released shortly after his imprisonment when the ban on political activity was lifted due to the National Socialists’ rise to power. Both Blau and his sister—who was sent to England—managed to escape. The rest of his family, however, decided to stay in Austria. Blau’s original attempt to flee proved unsuccessful as he was captured by Nazi border patrol and was imprisoned for two months.
During the two months he was detained, he was tortured, starved, and was forced to eat only lard. When Hitler occupied Czechoslovakia, he escaped again, returning illegally to Vienna to visit one more time with his parents. In the dark of night, Blau hid on a train to cross the border into France. There he turned himself into the Allied forces, who had not yet reversed their policy of putting anyone with a German passport – even the Jews – into labor camps.