Anthropologists

An anthropologist may refer to a professionally trained and qualified individual who is involved in the study and the application of origins, behavior and the social, physical and the cultural aspects of human development. Anthropologist may be proficient in the fields of forensic anthropology, biological anthropology, literary anthropology, sociocultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, philosophical anthropology, archaeological anthropology and many others. Anthropologists across the world work with the main objective of understanding the science of humanity. The field of anthropology originated in the 19th and 20th century, after which anthropology became a distinguished field of study. Anthropologists are employed by government organizations, non-profit organizations, and educational organizations and may even work at disaster struck areas. An anthropologist analyses the consequences of overpopulation, poverty and may be involved in training and providing skills to people to tackle these problems., Anthropologists are also employed by various corporations and they can work in any environment, for example studying primates in Africa. They may work in deserts, cities, villages, towns, schools and even underwater archaeological sites. Get familiar with some of the most the worlds renowned and famous anthropologists from around the world by reading their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.
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 1 David Graeber

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Famous As: Anthropologist, University teacher, Writer, Trade unionist
Birthdate: February 12, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 2 Ann Dunham

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Famous As: Barack Obama's Mother
Birthdate: November 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: November 7, 1995
Ann Dunham was the mother of former U.S. President Barack Obama. She was an economic anthropologist and worked for the betterment of rural Indonesian women. She had met Barack Obama Sr. while studying at the University of Hawaii. She had worked with USAID, the Ford Foundation, and Bank Rakyat Indonesia.
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 3 Chris McCandless

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Famous As: American adventurer
Birthdate: February 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: August 18, 1992

 4 Jane Goodall

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Famous As: Primatologist
Birthdate: April 3, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

Jane Goodall is an English anthropologist and primatologist. Goodall's research proved that chimpanzees could use tools like stalks of grass to fish out termites from termite holes; this also challenged the long-held belief that chimpanzees were vegetarians. Goodall also discovered that chimpanzees are capable of emotions like sorrow and joy. Goodall is also credited with founding the Jane Goodall Institute.

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 5 Zora Neale Hurston

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Famous As: Folklorist, Anthropologist
Birthdate: January 7, 1891
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: January 28, 1960

 6 Margaret Mead

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Famous As: Cultural Anthropologist
Birthdate: December 16, 1901
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: November 15, 1978
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 7 Alice Roberts

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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: May 19, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
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 8 Pierre Bourdieu

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Famous As: Philosopher, Sociologist, Anthropologist, Publisher, Essayist, Writer, Professor
Birthdate: August 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French
Died: January 23, 2002
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 9 Carlos Castaneda

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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: December 25, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: April 27, 1998

 10 Rudolf Virchow

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Famous As: Doctor, Anthropologist
Birthdate: October 13, 1821
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German
Died: September 5, 1902
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 11 Kathy Reichs

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 7, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 12 Alfred Russel Wallace

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Famous As: Naturalist, Explorer, Geographer, Anthropologist and Biologist
Birthdate: January 8, 1823
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: November 7, 1913

 13 Edward Burnett Tylor

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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: October 2, 1832
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Died: January 2, 1917

 14 Franz Boas

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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: July 9, 1858
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: December 21, 1942
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 15 René Girard

René Girard
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: December 25, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French
Died: November 4, 2015

 16 David Harvey

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Famous As: Professor of Anthropology & Geography
Birthdate: October 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
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 17 Karl Polanyi

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Famous As: Economist, Anthropologist, Economic historian, Historian, Journalist, Philosopher, Writer, University teacher, Sociologist
Birthdate: October 25, 1886
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Hungarian
Died: April 23, 1964

 18 Bruno Latour

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Famous As: Philosopher, Anthropologist, Sociologist, University teacher
Birthdate: June 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French

 19 Ivan Illich

Ivan Illich
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Famous As: Writer, Historian, Educationist, Philosopher, Literary critic, Anthropologist
Birthdate: September 4, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Austrian
Died: December 2, 2002

 20 Ludwig Feuerbach

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Famous As: Anthropologist, Philosopher, University teacher
Birthdate: July 28, 1804
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German
Died: September 13, 1872

 21 Clifford Geertz

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Famous As: Anthropologist, University teacher, Sociologist
Birthdate: August 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: October 30, 2006

 22 Paul Ekman

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Famous As: Psychologist, Anthropologist, Sociologist, Non-fiction writer, University teacher
Birthdate: February 15, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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 23 Gregory Bateson

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Famous As: Anthropologist, Philosopher, Sociologist, Psychologist
Birthdate: May 9, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British, American
Died: June 11, 1980

 24 Johann Friedrich Blumenbach

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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: May 11, 1752
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German
Died: January 22, 1840

 25 Louis Leakey

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Famous As: Paleoanthropologist and Archaeologist
Birthdate: August 7, 1903
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Kenyan, British
Died: October 1, 1972

 26 Steven Erikson

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Famous As: Anthropologist, Writer
Birthdate: October 7, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian

 27 Jim Yong Kim

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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: December 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American, South Korean

 28 Wilhelm von Humboldt

Wilhelm von Humboldt
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Famous As: Linguist, Diplomat, Anthropologist, Teacher, Politician, Philosopher
Birthdate: June 22, 1767
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German
Died: April 8, 1835

 29 Ruth Benedict

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Famous As: Anthropologist, Folklorist, University teacher, Poet, Sociologist, Biographer
Birthdate: June 5, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: September 17, 1948

 30 Madison Grant

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Famous As: Lawyer, Anthropologist, Racial theorist, Historian, Zoologist
Birthdate: November 19, 1865
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: May 30, 1937

 31 Gustave Le Bon

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Famous As: Physician, Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Psychologist, Philosopher, Historian, Sociologist
Birthdate: May 7, 1841
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French
Died: December 13, 1931

 32 Paul Farmer

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Birthdate: October 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 33 Geert Hofstede

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Famous As: Psychologist, University teacher, Anthropologist, Economist
Birthdate: October 2, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
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 34 John Wesley Powell

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Famous As: Explorer, Geologist
Birthdate: March 24, 1834
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: September 23, 1902

 35 Marcel Mauss

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Famous As: Politician, Sociologist, Ethnologist, Anthropologist, Professor, Philosopher
Birthdate: May 10, 1872
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French
Died: February 10, 1950

 36 Lothrop Stoddard

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Famous As: Anthropologist, Political scientist, Historian, Author, Journalist, Opinion journalist
Birthdate: June 29, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: May 1, 1950

 37 James George Frazer

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Famous As: Anthropologist, Writer, Historian, Mythographer
Birthdate: January 1, 1854
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: May 7, 1941

 38 Edward S. Curtis

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Famous As: Photographer, Anthropologist
Birthdate: February 16, 1868
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: October 19, 1952

 39 Marshall Sahlins

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Famous As: Anthropologist, Educationist, University teacher
Birthdate: December 27, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 40 William Graham Sumner

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Famous As: Anthropologist, Political scientist, Historian, Sociologist, Philosopher, University teacher
Birthdate: October 30, 1840
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: April 12, 1910

 41 Robert Ripley

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Famous As: Cartoonist
Birthdate: December 25, 1890
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: May 27, 1949

 42 Gayle Rubin

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Famous As: Anthropologist, university teacher, essayist, LGBT rights activist
Birthdate: 1949 AD
Nationality: American

 43 Mary Leakey

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Famous As: Paleoanthropologist
Birthdate: February 6, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: December 9, 1996

 44 Paul Broca

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Famous As: Physician, Anatomist, Anthropologist, Neuroscientist, Scientist, Politician
Birthdate: June 28, 1824
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: French
Died: July 9, 1880

 45 Edward Sapir

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Famous As: Anthropologist, Linguist, Sociolinguist, University teacher, Ethnologist
Birthdate: January 26, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Polish, American
Died: February 4, 1939

 46 William John McGee

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Famous As: Explorer, Anthropologist, University teacher
Birthdate: April 17, 1853
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: September 4, 1912

 47 Edward T. Hall

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Famous As: Anthropologist, Sociologist, University teacher
Birthdate: May 16, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: July 20, 2009

 48 Wilhelm Grimm

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Famous As: Lexicographer, Anthropologist, Librarian, Writer, Law librarian, Children's writer, Educationist, Linguist, Specialist in literature, Germanist, Jurist, University teacher, Poet lawyer, Mythographer
Birthdate: February 24, 1786
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German
Died: December 16, 1859

 49 Margaret Murray

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Famous As: Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Egyptologist
Birthdate: July 13, 1863
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: November 13, 1963

 50 Arjun Appadurai

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Famous As: anthropologist, sociologist
Birthdate: February 4, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian, American
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