THE University of London has just established a new chair of sociology, tenable at the London School of Economics, and has elected Dr. D. V. Glass as the first occupant. This, the third chair in sociology in the School, is designed to promote teaching and research in the sociology of contemporary society and in current methods of collecting and analysing data obtainable by field studies and social surveys. It is therefore a post which offers great opportunities, and Dr. Glass' experience is particularly relevant. He is well known as a demographer of international repute, his most substantial work in this field being "Population Policies and Movements in Europe". He has for many years been research secretary of the Population Investigation Committee and was put in charge of the Family Census by the Royal Commission on Population. His interests have always been more in the social aspects of population than in pure statistical demography. He served his apprenticeship in social research under Prof. Lancelot Hogben, undertaking studies of educational opportunity in Great Britain, and he also published a little book on "The Town" in 1935. All this suggests that he is likely to turn his attention to such questions as family and household structure, local and occupational groups, and social mobility and stratification. These are all eminently subjects for the study of which the chair has been instituted.