British Male Anthropologists

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 1 Alfred Russel Wallace

Alfred Russel Wallace.
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Famous As: Naturalist, Explorer, Geographer, Anthropologist and Biologist
Birthdate: January 8, 1823
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Llanbadoc
Died: November 7, 1913

British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace is largely remembered for his theory of evolution through natural selection, which inspired Charles Darwin’s studies. He began his career as a surveyor’s apprentice and later introduced concepts such as reinforcement in animals, also known as the Wallace effect. He was awarded the Order of Merit.

 2 Edward Burnett Tylor

Edward Burnett Tylor.
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: October 2, 1832
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Camberwell, London, England
Died: January 2, 1917

Known for his pioneering work in cultural anthropology, Edward Burnett Tylor penned iconic works such as Primitive Culture, which was partially influenced by Darwin’s theory of evolution. Born to affluent Quaker parents, he quit school to focus on his business but was later drawn to anthropology. He popularized the term animism.

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 3 David Harvey

David Harvey.
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Famous As: Professor of Anthropology & Geography
Birthdate: October 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gillingham, Kent, England

David Harvey is a  Marxist economic geographer, podcaster, and a fellow of the British Academy. He is currently a distinguished professor of anthropology and geography at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). He has authored many books and essays and is one of the most cited authors of books in the humanities and social sciences.   

 4 E. E. Evans-Pritchard

E. E. Evans-Pritchard.
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: September 21, 1902
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Crowborough, East Sussex, England
Died: September 11, 1973

Social anthropologist E. E. Evans-Pritchard is best remembered for his research on witchcraft, magic, and African cultures. Apart from teaching anthropology at Oxford, his alma, he had also worked in South Sudan and penned books such as Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic Among the Azande. He was also knighted for his achievements.

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 5 Gregory Bateson

Gregory Bateson.
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Philosopher, Sociologist, Psychologist
Birthdate: May 9, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Grantchester
Died: June 11, 1980

Gregory Bateson was an English anthropologist, social scientist, linguist, and visual anthropologist. Along with his colleagues, he developed the double-bind theory of schizophrenia. Also a cyberneticist, he was part of the core group of the Macy Conferences in Cybernetics. He was a member of philosopher William Irwin Thompson's esoteric nonprofit foundation Lindisfarne Association.  

 6 Alfred Radcliffe-Brown

Alfred Radcliffe-Brown
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: January 17, 1881
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: October 24, 1955

Best known for his work on the pre-industrialized societies, Alfred Radcliffe-Brown visited Andaman Island and Western Australia to study the social structure of the people there, later writing two important books on them. A renowned scholar, he taught at various preeminent universities across the globe before returning to England to establish the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Oxford.

 7 Louis Leakey

Louis Leakey.
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Famous As: Paleoanthropologist and Archaeologist
Birthdate: August 7, 1903
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kabete
Died: October 1, 1972

Son of British missionaries in Kenya, Louis Leakey spent his early days amid the Kikuyu people near Nairobi. With an elite education at Cambridge, he later revolutionized the fields of paleoanthropology and archaeology. His study of fossils in East Africa proved humans were older than previously thought.

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 8 James George Frazer

James George Frazer
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Writer, Historian, Mythographer
Birthdate: January 1, 1854
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow
Died: May 7, 1941
British anthropologist James George Frazer is best known for his book The Golden Bough, which details his study of ancient cults and myths. He also taught social anthropology at Cambridge. He was also knighted for his achievements and was also made a Fellow of The Royal Society.

 9 Ernest Gellner

Ernest Gellner
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: December 9, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: November 5, 1995

Ernest Gellner was a British-Czech philosopher and social anthropologist who was considered one of the leading theoreticians on nationalism. A prolific author, he was able to attract critical attention with his very first book, Words and Things, in which he fiercely attacked what he called linguistic philosophy. He eventually developed an interest in social anthropologybefore turning his attention to nationalism. 

 10 Victor Turner

Victor Turner
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Sociologist
Birthdate: May 28, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Glasgow
Died: December 18, 1983

Best known for his work on symbols and rituals, British cultural anthropologist Victor Turner embarked on his lifelong study of the Ndembu people when as a young man he went to Zambia to work as a research officer. Spending his entire career studying rituals and rites of passage, he later applied them to world religion, publishing important works on them.  

 11 Ashley Montagu

Ashley Montagu
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Famous As: Anthropologist, University teacher
Birthdate: June 28, 1905
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London
Died: November 26, 1999

British-American anthropologist Ashley Montagu not only taught at Rutgers and The State University of New Jersey but also wrote UNESCO’s 1950 Statement on Race. He also dabbled in topics such as evolution and child care, and one of his best-known works is The Natural Superiority of Women.

 12 W. H. R. Rivers

W. H. R. Rivers
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: March 12, 1864
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chatham, Kent, England
Died: June 4, 1922

English anthropologist and psychologist W. H. R. Rivers is best remembered for his work on the Todas of the Nilgiri Hills. A qualified physician, he also taught at Cambridge and worked extensively on medical psychology. One of his best-known works is Kinship and Social Organisation.

 13 Jack Goody

Jack Goody
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Famous As: Anthropologist, University teacher, Non-fiction writer, Sociologist
Birthdate: July 27, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hammersmith
Died: July 16, 2015

Apart from teaching at Cambridge, British social anthropologist Jack Goody also penned books such as Death, Property and the Ancestors. He had also fought in World War II. His work in sociology earned him the knighthood. He was also made a Fellow of The British Academy.

 14 John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury

John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Politician, Archaeologist, Prehistorian, Banker, Statistician, Naturalist, Zoologist, Entomologist
Birthdate: April 30, 1834
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London
Died: May 28, 1913

British banker John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury, better known as Sir John Lubbock, had also been an MP. However, he is best known for his contribution to ethnography and archaeology. He is also credited with coining the terms Paleolithic and Neolithic, and is known for his books on animal behavior.

 15 Colin Turnbull

Colin Turnbull
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: November 23, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: July 28, 1994

British-American anthropologist Colin Turnbull is best remembered for his books The Forest People and The Mountain People. After serving the naval reserves during World War II, he worked as a researcher at the Banaras Hindu University before returning to Oxford. He also taught at the George Washington University.

 16 Max Gluckman

Max Gluckman
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: January 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Died: April 13, 1975

Best known as the pioneer of the Manchester School of anthropology, Max Gluckman is remembered for his extensive research on the law and politics of Africa. Apart from conducting fieldwork among the Ila, Tonga, and Lamba people, he had also taught at Oxford and Manchester.

 17 Charles Gabriel Seligman

Charles Gabriel Seligman
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: December 24, 1873
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 19, 1940
Charles Gabriel Seligman was a British physician and ethnologist whose main ethnographic work described the culture of the Vedda people of Sri Lanka and the Shilluk people of the Sudan. He was a proponent of the Hamitic hypothesis and promoted scientific racism through his work. Considered to be a highly influential teacher, Seligman was also a Professor at the London School of Economics.

 18 Walter William Skeat

Walter William Skeat
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: November 21, 1835
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cambridge, England
Died: October 7, 1912
British philologist, Walter William Skeat, was instrumental in developing the English language as a higher education subject in the UK. His research led to the publication of two major works: Malay Magic and Pagan Races of the Malay Peninsula. Born in London, Skeat was the founder and only president of the English Dialect Society from 1873 to 1896.

 19 Robert Ranulph Marett

Robert Ranulph Marett
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Famous As: Ethnologist
Birthdate: June 13, 1866
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jersey, Channel Islands
Died: February 18, 1943
British ethnologist Robert Ranulph Marett was a proponent of the British Evolutionary School of cultural anthropology. He is noted for his studies of the evolution of moral philosophy and religious beliefs and practices. Marett helped found the Oxford University Anthropological Society in 1999. His major works include The Threshold of Religion, Anthropology as well as Psychology and Folklore.

 20 Meyer Fortes

Meyer Fortes
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: April 25, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Britstown, Cape Colony, South Africa
Died: January 27, 1983

British social anthropologist Meyer Fortes had initially studied psychology before conducting his extensive research among the local tribes such as the Tallensi and the Ashanti of Ghana. He also taught at institutes such as Oxford and LSE and penned books such as Oedipus and Job in West African Religion.

 21 J. Eric S. Thompson

J. Eric S. Thompson
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: December 31, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 9, 1975
British anthropologist and ethnographer J. Eric S. Thompson is remembered for his lifelong research on the Mayan people. He had a long stint as an archaeologist at the Carnegie Institution and was also knighted for his achievements. His research culminated in books such as The Rise and Fall of Maya Civilization.

 22 Alfred Cort Haddon

Alfred Cort Haddon
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: May 24, 1855
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: April 20, 1940

A pioneer of British anthropology, Alfred Cort Haddon is remembered for his contribution of over three decades to Cambridge. While he initially went to the Torres Strait to study marine biology, he later devoted himself to the study of the indigenous people. His History of Anthropology remains his best-known work.

 23 David Samuel Margoliouth

David Samuel Margoliouth
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Famous As: Orientalist
Birthdate: October 17, 1858
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 22, 1940
David Samuel Margoliouth, an English orientalist, was briefly active as a priest in the Church of England. He was Laudian Professor of Arabic at University of Oxford from 1889 to 1937. Noted for his pioneering efforts in Islamic studies, Margoliouth wrote works on the history of Islam; these include  Mohammed and the Rise of Islam, which became standard treatises in English.

 24 Walter Baldwin Spencer

Walter Baldwin Spencer
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: June 23, 1860
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stretford, England
Died: July 14, 1929

English biologist and anthropologist Walter Baldwin Spencer is remembered for his pioneering study of the indigenous population of Australia. He initially taught biology but later drifted to anthropology. He was also knighted but died while on an expedition to study the Ushuaia of the Tierra del Fuego.

 25 Lawrence Blair

Lawrence Blair
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: May 31, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: England

The writer and co-producer of the Emmy-nominated series Ring of Fire, Lawrence Blair is an English anthropologist who has lived in Bali for over three decades now. Born in England, he later moved to Mexico. He has been a diver, a fisherman, an actor, a model, and a photographer.

 26 Fred Nadel

Fred Nadel
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: April 24, 1903
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 14, 1956
Austrian-born British anthropologist Fred Nadel specialising in African ethnology. Before turning to anthropology, Nadel toured with his own opera company and wrote a biography of the Italian composer Ferruccio Benvenuto Busoni. He served as a lecturer at the London School of Economics and then in 1948 became the head of the anthropology department at the University of Durham.

 27 Isaac Schapera

Isaac Schapera
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Famous As: Social anthropologist
Birthdate: June 23, 1905
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Garies, South Africa
Died: June 26, 2003
South African social anthropologist Isaac Schapera is known for his detailed ethnographic and typological work on the indigenous peoples of South Africa and Botswana. Schapera wrote numerous publications during his career and served as the president of Royal Anthropology Institute. His works include Praise Poems of Tswana Chiefs, Rainmaking Rites of Tswana Tribes, and Kinship Terminology in Jane Austen’s Novels.

 28 Robert Henry Codrington

Robert Henry Codrington
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Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: September 15, 1830
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wroughton, England
Died: September 11, 1922
An Anglican priest and anthropologist, Robert Henry Codrington, is noted for making the first study of Melanesian society and culture. Codrington's writings attempted to give a representative picture of island life before contact with European culture. His most famous works include the Melanesians: Studies in Their Anthropology and Folklore which deals with the concepts of mana, magic, and related phenomena.

 29 William James Perry

William James Perry
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: 1887 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 1949 AD
William James Perry, a leader in cultural anthropology at University College, was noted for his diffusionist theory of cultural development. He believed that Megalith culture was transmitted to the rest of the world from Egypt. A convinced hyperdiffusionist, Perry collaborated with Grafton Elliot Smith. He published 28 works in 206 publications in three different languages during his career.

 30 Kenneth Oakley

Kenneth Oakley
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: April 7, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amersham, England
Died: November 2, 1981
Kenneth Oakley was an English physical anthropologist, palaeontologist and geologist known for his work in the relative dating of fossils by fluorine content. He was instrumental in the exposure of the Piltdown Man hoax in 1950s. Oakley's famous books include Man the Toolmaker (1949), Frameworks for Dating Fossil Man (1964), and Relative Dating of the Fossil Hominids of Europe (1980).
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 31 Godfrey Wilson

Godfrey Wilson
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: 1908 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: May 19, 1944
British anthropologist Godfrey Wilson was appointed the first director of the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute in Northern Rhodesia in  1938. Wilson, along with his wife, worked to analyse the economic and social changes occurring in the British colonies of Tanganyika Territory, Northern Rhodesia, and Nyasaland. In 1942, Wilson joined the South African Medical Corps, where he served in North Africa. 

 32 Maurice Freedman

Maurice Freedman
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: December 11, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: July 14, 1975

Especially known for his works on Chinese society and culture, British anthropologist Maurice Freedman became interested in the subject while doing field work in Singapore. Initially a professor at London School of Economics & Political Science and later at University of Oxford, he undertook a comprehensive study of Chinese society, publishing numerous works on its marriage, kinship, rules and religion.

 33 Daniel Miller

Daniel Miller
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: 1954 AD
Birthplace: London, England
Anthropologist Daniel Miller is closely associated with studies of human relationships to things, the consequences of consumption and digital anthropology. His recent book, Stuff, summarises his theoretical work first developed in Material Culture and Mass Consumption. Miller founded digital anthropology programme at University College London. Since the early 2000s, Daniel Miller has been researching effects of new social media on society. 

 34 Chris Hann

Chris Hann
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: August 4, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales

Particularly known for his work on economic anthropology, Chris Hann became interested in the subject while undertaking his first fieldwork in socialist Hungary and Poland, later supplementing his research by undertaking a comparative investigation in the post-socialist period. Later, he extended his work to include Turkey and Xinjian, concurrently diversifying his topics to include religion, civil society, ethnicity and nationalism.

 35 Tim Ingold

Tim Ingold
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: November 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kent, England

Timothy Ingold, a British anthropologist, is a Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. He discussed his entire career in the book From science to art and back again: The pendulum of an anthropologist. Ingold taught at the University of Helsinki (1973–74) and thereafter at the University of Manchester; he became professor in 1990 and Max Gluckman Professor in 1995.