Born in Belgium in 1924, Ralph Miliband moved to Britain in 1940. Serving in the Royal Navy during the war, he then studied at the LSE and became a leading member of the New Left. He set up the Socialist Register in 1964 while he continued to teach in London, Leeds and the US. He is the author of defining works such as Capitalist Democracy in Britain and Socialism for a Sceptical Age. He died in 1994.