Professor Anthony Giddens has been made a life peer.
The announcement was made as the government conferred 46 new peerages on Saturday 1 May.
Professor Lord Giddens will take his seat on the Labour benches of the House of Lords at the opening of the next Parliament.
Having retired from the School in September 2003, the former director has been busy on international speaking engagements and working on new book projects. His latest book The Progressive Manifesto (Polity Press) was published in autumn 2003.
Also honoured are alumni Kishwer Falkner, chief executive of Students Partnership Worldwide, who graduated from LSE with a BSc (Econ) in International Relations in 1992, Philip Gould, chairman of Philip Gould Associates, who studied an MSc in Government in 1976, and Peter Truscott, formerly Labour member of the European Parliament for Hertfordshire, who graduated with an MSc in Economics in 1994.
This now means the School has six former or present academics sitting in the House of Lords - Lord Dahrendorf, Lord Desai, Lord Giddens, Lord Layard, Lord Wallace, and Lord Wedderburn - alongside some 31 alumni peers.
Anthony Giddens was director of LSE from January 1997 to October 2003. He was made an honorary fellow of LSE in January 2004.
By common agreement the most widely cited contemporary sociologist in the world, Professor Lord Giddens is the author or editor of more than 30 books, that have been translated into some 35 different languages.
His impact upon politics has been significant. He popularised the notion of the third way in political thinking, and his ideas have influenced social democratic parties across the world. His advice has been sought by political leaders from Asia, Latin America and Australia, as well as from the US and Europe. He has had a major impact upon the evolution of New Labour in the UK.
For more information on Professor Lord Giddens, see Introduction.
5 May 2004