Prof. Michael Parker Banton is an Emeritus Professor at University of Bristol. He was born on the 8th of September 1926 and served in the Royal Navy between the years of 1944 and 1947 as a Sub-Lieutenant RNVR. He graduated with a B. SC. In economics from the London School of Economics in 1950 and obtained his Ph. D. from the University of Edinburgh in 1954, and his D. Sc in 1964. He has held posts in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh from 1950 (Reader, 1962-65); as Professor of Sociology in the University of Bristol 1965-92, and Pro-Vice Chancellor 1985-88. C.M.G., 2001. Fil. dr. (h.c.) in Stockholm, 2000.
Prof. Banton has been a Member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination between the years of 1986 and 2001 (Chairman 1996-98; Rapporteur 1990-96 & 1998-2001). He has also been the President of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland between 1987-89, and also within the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Prof. Barton was also the President of the Sociology section (1970-71) and the Anthropology section (1985-86). Between 1990-94 Prof.Barton has been the President of the Ethnic, Race and Minority Relations section of the International Sociological Association and the Director of the Social Science Research Council Research Unit on Ethnic Relations during 1970-78.
During the years of 1966-96 he has been a part of Justice of the Peace, Bristol, and has been a Member of; Royal Commission on Criminal Procedure 1978-81, Royal Commission on Civil Disorders in Bermuda 1978, Ethnic Minorities Advisory Committee of the Judicial Studies Board 1993-96, UK National Commission for UNESCO 1963-66 & 1980-85 and also a member of the South Western Regional Hospital Board between the years of 1966-70.
Prof.Banton has also took positions as Visiting Professor for the: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1962; Wayne State University, 1971; University of Delaware, 1976; Australian National University, 1981; Duke University, 1982 and the National University of Malaysia, 2010.
Prof. Michael Parker Banton has written many books, and is the Author of The Coloured Quarter (Cape, 1955), West African City (OUP, 1957), White and Coloured(Cape, 1959), The Policeman in the Community (Tavistock, 1964), Roles (Tavistock, 1965), Race Relations (Tavistock, 1967), Racial Minorities (Fontana, 1972), Police-Community Relations (Collins, 1973), The Idea of Race (Tavistock, 1977), Racial and Ethnic Competition (CUP, 1983), Promoting Racial Harmony (CUP, 1985), Investigating Robbery (Gower, 1985), Racial Theories (CUP, 1987, second edition 1997), Racial Consciousness (Longman, 1988), Discrimination (Open UP, 1994), International Action against Racial Discrimination (OUP, 1996), Ethnic and Racial Consciousness(Longman, 1997), The International Politics of Race (Polity, 2002).