Today in Anthropologist History

Social Science Topics: Egyptologist - Historian - Linguistics - Philologist - Philosophy - Sociologist

Historical Events

Events 1 - 4 of 4

1924-10-28 - M.de Bruin, a quarry man and miner, discovers an infant fossil skull in a lime quarry in Taung, South Africa. Popularly known as the Taung child, Paleoanthropologist Raymond Dart identifies the fossil as a new hominin species called Australopithecus africanus (The Southern Africa Ape).
1948-10-06 - Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey finds the first partial fossil skull of Proconsul africanus, an ancestor of apes and humans on Rusinga Island, Kenya.
1959-07-17 - Paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey discovers the partial skull of a new species of early human ancestor, Zinjanthropus boisei or 'Zinj' (now called Paranthropus boisei) that lived in Africa almost 2 million years ago
Paleoanthropologist Mary LeakeyPaleoanthropologist Mary Leakey 1987-09-07 - South Africa frees Dutch anthropologist/Anc'er Klaas de Young

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 53 of 53

1752-05-11 - Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, German anthropologist (d. 1840)
Anthropologist/Pathologist Rudolf VirchowAnthropologist/Pathologist Rudolf Virchow (1821-10-13) 1821-10-13 - Rudolf Virchow, Schivelbein, Pomerania, Prussia, German politician/anthropologist/pathologist (cell pathology), (d. 1902)
1822-02-16 - Francis Galton, Birmingham England, anthropologist & geneticist
1832-10-02 - Edward Burnett Tylor, English anthropologist
1842-12-07 - Otto Ammon, German anthropologist/sociologist (schedelmetingen)
1850-07-12 - Otto Schoetensack, German anthropologist (d. 1912)
1853-04-22 - Alphonse Bertillon, France, anthropologist, devised crime ID system
1854-01-01 - James Frazer, Britain, anthropologist/author (The Golden Bough)
1858-07-09 - Franz Boas, anthropologist/linguist (Mind of Primitive Man)
1858-07-20 - Ivan Vucetic, Croatian anthropologist (d. 1925)
1866-02-05 - Arthur Keith, Scottish anthropologist
1868-02-16 - Wilhelm Schmidt, German anthropologist/linguist (Anthropos)
1869-03-29 - Ales Hrdlicka, US, anthropologist/curator (US National Museum)
1870-09-18 - Clark Wissler, anthropologist (American Indian)
1876-06-11 - Alfred L Kroeber, Hoboken NJ, author (Anthropologist looks at History)
1877-09-16 - Willem H Rassers, Dutch cultural anthropologist (Panji)
1881-01-17 - Alfred R Radcliffe-Browne, British anthropologist (Andaman Islanders)
1887-06-05 - Ruth Benedict, New York City, American anthropologist (Patterns of Culture)
1892-04-10 - Egon Freiherr von Eickstedt, German anthropologist (Rassenkunde)
1893-01-20 - Kaj Birket-Smith, Danish etnologist/anthropologist (Eskimos)
Paleoanthropologist Raymond DartPaleoanthropologist Raymond Dart (1893-02-04) 1893-02-04 - Raymond Dart, Australian paleoanthropologist (Australopithecus africanus)
1893-02-27 - Ralph Linton, US cultural anthropologist (Tree of Culture)
1896-12-12 - Eslanda Goode, US anthropology/author under Paul Robeson
1901-04-20 - Michel Leiris, French cultural anthropologist
1901-12-16 - Margaret Mead, Phila, anthropologist (Coming of Age in Samoa)
1901-12-19 - Oliver [Hazard Perry] La Farge, NYC, anthropologist/novelist
1902-01-31 - Julian H Steward, US anthropologist/professor
1903-04-24 - Siegfried F Nadel, Austrian/British anthropologist (Black Byzantium)
Archaeologist Louis LeakeyArchaeologist Louis Leakey (1903-08-07) 1903-08-07 - Louis Leakey, Kabete Kenya, anthropologist (1964 Richard Hooper Medal), (d. 1972)
1903-10-07 - Louis S B Leakey, archaeologist/anthropologist
1904-06-23 - Carleton Coon, prof of anthropology (What in the World)
1905-01-11 - Clyde Kluckhohn, American anthropologist (d. 1960)
1907-05-30 - Germaine Tillion, French anthropologist, member of French Resistance (d. 2008)
1907-09-03 - Loren Eiseley, professor of Anthropology (Animal Secrets)
1907-10-30 - Sol Tax, American anthropologist (d. 1995)
1908-11-28 - Claude Lévi-Strauss, French anthropologist
1914-05-16 - Edward T. Hall, American anthropologist and author
1914-06-10 - Polly Hill, Dr/anthropologist
1914-10-06 - Thor Heyerdahl, Norway, anthropologist/explorer (Kon Tiki, Aku-Aku)
1922-03-25 - Tobias Schneebaum, New York City, American writer, anthropologist and explorer (d. 2005)
1924-11-01 - Robert N Rapoport, social anthropologist
1924-11-23 - Colin Turnbull, anthropologist
1926-08-23 - Clifford Geertz, American anthropologist, (d. 2006)
1929-03-29 - Sheila Kitzinger, author, anthropologist & child birth educator
1930-02-08 - James Deetz, American anthropologist (d. 2000)
1940-06-27 - Erik Erikson, anthropologist
1944-01-19 - Richard [Erskine Frere] Leakey, Nairobi Kenya, anthropologist
1944-12-19 - Richard Leakey, anthropologist
1945-06-12 - Alfred Antony Francis Gell, social anthropologist
1950-08-24 - Tim White, American anthropologist
1951-11-05 - Stuart Havelock Hollingdale, anthropologist
1953-08-29 - James Quesada, Nicaraguan/American anthropologist
1955-11-15 - Georgie Born, English academic, anthropologist and musician (Henry Cow)

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 2 of 2

Paleoanthropologist Raymond DartPaleoanthropologist Raymond Dart (1936-11-28) 1936-11-28 - Paleoanthropologist Raymond Arthur Dart (43) weds librarian Marjorie Gordon Frew
1936-12-24 - Archaeologist Louis Leakey (33) weds anthropologist Mary Nicol (23)

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 40 of 40

1840-01-22 - Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, German anthropologist (b. 1752)
1912-12-23 - Otto Schoetensack, German anthropologist (b. 1850)
1916-01-14 - Otto Ammon, German anthropologist/sociologist, dies at 73
1917-01-02 - Edward B Tylor, English anthropologist, dies at 84
1922-06-04 - William Halse Rivers, British psychologist/anthropologist, dies
1925-01-25 - Ivan Vucetic, Croatian anthropologist (b. 1858)
Paleoanthropologist Davidson BlackPaleoanthropologist Davidson Black (1934-03-15) 1934-03-15 - Davidson Black, Paleoanthropologist, dies while working alone during the night, in Beijing, China at 49
1941-05-07 - Sir James George Frazer, Scottish anthropologist (b. 1854)
1941-07-26 - Benjamin Whorf, anthropologist, dies
1942-05-16 - Bronislaw Kasper Malinowski, anthropologist, dies
1942-12-22 - Franz Boas, German anthropologist (b. 1858)
1943-04-05 - Aleš Hrdlička, Czech anthropologist (b. 1869)
1947-08-25 - Clark Wissler, US cultural anthropologist, dies at 76
1955-10-24 - Alfred Radcliffe-Brown, British Anthropologist (Structural Functionalism and studies of Andaman Islanders and Australian Aborigines), dies at 74
1956-01-14 - Siegfried F Nadel, Aust/Brit anthropologist (Nuba), dies at 52
1963-08-02 - Oliver Hazzard Perry La Farge, US anthropologist/writer, dies at 61
1963-11-13 - Margaret Murray, English anthropologist and Egyptologist (b. 1863)
1965-12-20 - Egon Freiherr von Eickstedt, German anthropologist, dies at 73
1970-07-21 - Mikhail Gerasimov, Russian anthropologist and sculptor (b. 1907)
1972-02-06 - Julian H Steward, US anthropologist (South American), dies at 70
Archaeologist Louis LeakeyArchaeologist Louis Leakey (1972-10-01) 1972-10-01 - Louis Leakey, English anthropologist, dies at 68
1972-10-04 - Louis S B Leakey, archaeologist/anthropologist, dies at 68
1973-05-15 - Willem H Rassers, Dutch cult anthropologist (Pandji-Novel), dies at 95
1977-07-09 - Loren C Eiseley, US anthropologist/writer (Animal Secrets), dies at 69
1978-11-15 - Margaret Mead, anthropologist (Thoughts & Female), dies in NY at 76
1981-06-03 - Carleton Coon, anthropology prof (What in the World), dies at 76
1990-09-11 - Myrna Mack, Guatemalan anthropologist (b. 1949)
1990-09-30 - Michel Levis, French cultural anthropologist/writer, dies
1994-04-29 - Erik Erikson, anthropologist, dies at 53
1994-06-07 - Stuart Havelock Hollingdale, anthropologist, dies at 42
1994-07-28 - Colin Turnbull, anthropologist, dies at 69
1995-01-04 - Sol Tax, American anthropologist (b. 1907)
Paleoanthropologist Raymond DartPaleoanthropologist Raymond Dart (1995-11-22) 1995-11-22 - Raymond Dart, Australian paleoanthropologist (Australopithecus africanus), dies at 95
1996-11-04 - Robert Rapoport, social anthropologist, dies at 72
1996-12-09 - Mary Douglas Nicol Leakey, archaeologist/anthropologist, dies at 83
2005-09-20 - Tobias Schneebaum, American writer, anthropologist and explorer dies at 83
2006-10-30 - Clifford Geertz, American anthropologist (b. 1926)
2008-04-19 - Germaine Tillion, French anthropologist, member of French Resistance (b. 1907)
2009-10-30 - Claude Lévi-Strauss, French anthropologist and ethnologist (b.1908)
2010-11-25 - C. Scott Littleton, American anthropologist and academic (b. 1933)


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