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Richard Otto Maack

Richard Otto Maack About 19th century Estonia-born Russian naturalist and anthropologist. He was known best for discovering rare and unknown plant species. Other Informations He studied natural sciences at the University of St. Petersburg. He was a member of the Siberian branch of the Russian Geographical Society. He was born and raised in Kuressaare, Estonia. …

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Jeffrey Schwartz

Jeffrey Schwartz About American anthropologist who is known for his studies in evolutionary biology. He was the President of the World Academy of Art and Science, an international non-governmental scientific organization with more than 700 fellows from over 85 countries, from 2008 to 2012. Other Informations He completed his doctorate at Columbia College in 1969. …

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Rudolf Virchow

Rudolf Virchow About German, doctor, anthropologist and biologist who is known as “the father of modern pathology.” In his career he discredited the scientific theory of Humorism, which postulated that humans had four distinct bodily fluids and that a deficiency of one had a great effect on a person’s health. Other Informations He grew up …

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Ruth Benedict

Ruth Benedict About American anthropologist who was one of the first woman to be considered a prominent leader of a learned profession. Other Informations She attended Vassar College before working as a graduate student with Franz Boas at Columbia University. In her 1934 book, Patterns of Culture, she posited that there always existed a relationship …

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Lewis Morgan

Lewis Morgan About Remembered best for his pioneering anthropological research on social structure and relationships, Morgan proposed the notion that matrilineal (rather than patriarchal) social organization was the first domestic structure in human history. Other Informations He graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York, in 1840. A politician and attorney as well as an …

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Helen Fisher

Helen Fisher About This biological anthropologist, behavioral expert, love and attachment theorist, and Rutgers University professor is most famous as the author of several popular science books, including Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love and Why Him? Why Her?: Finding Real Love By Understanding Your Personality Type. Other Informations After earning …

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Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead About Anthropologist whose reports about the attitudes towards sex in South Pacific and Southeast Asian culture amply informed the 1960s sexual revolution. Despite being a religious woman, she gained controversy for applying notions of human sexuality with western religion. Other Informations She separated from Edward Sapir because of his narrow views on gender …

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William Marvin Bass

William Marvin Bass About Forensic anthropologist well-known for his research on human osteology and decomposition who has helped a wide variety of groups identify human remains. Other Informations He was first an archaeologist who began his career with the excavation of Native American grave sites. He started Body Farm at the University of Tennessee Anthropological …

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Gregory Bateson

Gregory Bateson About English anthropologist who developed influential theories about human reasoning and wrote Steps to an Ecology of Mind and Mind and Nature. He helped put systems theory/cybernetics into the realm of social/behavioral sciences. Other Informations He was an anthropologist who studied the natives of New Guinea. He claimed that many of the events …

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Franz Boas

Franz Boas About German-American anthropologist and a pioneer of modern anthropology who has been called the “Father of American Anthropology.” He argued that culture developed historically through the interactions of groups of people and that consequently there was no process towards continuously “higher” cultural forms. Other Informations Instead of studying in Berlin, he chose to …

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Ernest Becker

Ernest Becker About Cultural anthropologist who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1974 for his book The Denial of Death in which he argues that human civilization itself is essentially an elaborate defense mechanism against the knowledge that we are mortal. Other Informations While serving in World War II his infantry liberated a Nazi concentration camp. …

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David Harvey

David Harvey About Famous as both an anthropologist and a geographer, this City University of New York professor published articles in numerous academic journals, becoming one of the most frequently cited writers in social sciences and humanities publications. Other Informations After graduating from St. John’s College, Cambridge, he published an important, 1969 work titled Explanation …