Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Who is he?

Philosopher, historian and contemporary thinker, Zeldin is considered an expert on France, social change and human relationships. He is a fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford. A winner of the Wolfson prize, Zeldin figures on Magazine Litteraire's list of the world's 100 most important thinkers.

How did he get here?

Born in Israel, educated in Egypt and admitted to Oxford at the age of just 15, Zeldin has long been regarded as one of Britain's leading intellects.

His use of his intellect to address issues affecting everyday human life has made him a media favourite and won him a large international fan base.

What he's written

A History of French Passions (1978), The French (1983), Happiness (1988), An Intimate History of Humanity (1995), Conversation (1997)

What they say about him

'His unusual perspective and formidable reputation as an intellectual have made Zeldin sought-after by everyone from a Down's Syndrome charity to the think-tank, Demos' - The Times.


'No amount of status or reward will compensate for your inadequacy as a human being.'

What's next?

Zeldin believes employees' true potential is untapped. He's working on a book about making work more satisfying.

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