Famous German Anthropologists

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 1 Rudolf Virchow

Rudolf Virchow
Famous As: Anthropologist, Pathologist
Birthdate: October 13, 1821
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Swidwin, Poland
Died: September 5, 1902

Rudolf Virchow was a German physician, pathologist, anthropologist, biologist, prehistorian, editor, writer, and politician. Nicknamed the Pope of medicine by his colleagues, Virchow is credited with founding the field of social medicine. He is also widely regarded as the father of modern pathology.  Rudolf Virchow was the first person to name diseases, such as thrombosis, leukemia, ochronosis, embolism, and chordoma.

 2 Ludwig Feuerbach

Ludwig Feuerbach
Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: July 28, 1804
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Landshut, Germany
Died: September 13, 1872

 3 Johann Friedrich Blumenbach

Johann Friedrich Blumenbach
Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: May 11, 1752
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gotha, Germany
Died: January 22, 1840

A pioneer of physical anthropology, Johann Friedrich Blumenbach laid down one of the first racial classification systems for humans after studying human skulls, dividing mankind into five racial groups. Born into a family of academics, he was a prodigy. He was against scientific racism, though his theory promoted the degenerative hypothesis.

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 4 Wilhelm Grimm

Wilhelm Grimm
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
Birthplace: Hanau
Died: December 16, 1859

 5 Eva Justin

Eva Justin
Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: August 23, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
Died: September 11, 1966

 6 Max Scheler

Max Scheler
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: August 22, 1874
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: May 19, 1928

Max Scheler was a German philosopher best known for his work in ethics, phenomenology, and philosophical anthropology. He developed the philosophical method of Edmund Husserl, the founder of phenomenology. He had a deep influence on the theology of Pope John Paul II. For many years, Scheler taught philosophy and sociology at the University of Cologne.  

 7 Arnold van Gennep

Arnold van Gennep
Famous As: Ethnographer
Birthdate: April 23, 1873
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ludwigsburg, Germany
Died: May 7, 1957
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 8 Adolf Bastian

Adolf Bastian
Famous As: Polymath
Birthdate: June 26, 1826
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bremen, Germany
Died: February 2, 1905

 9 Theodor Nöldeke

Theodor Nöldeke
Famous As: Orientalist
Birthdate: March 2, 1836
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: December 25, 1930

 10 Arnold Gehlen

Arnold Gehlen
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: January 29, 1904
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: January 30, 1976

 11 Franz Weidenreich

Franz Weidenreich
Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: June 7, 1873
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Edenkoben, Germany
Died: July 11, 1948

Franz Weidenreich was a German physical anthropologist and anatomist. Weidenreich, who studied evolution, is credited with pioneering the multiregional hypothesis which provides a different explanation to the standardized recent African origin model (RAO) of monogenesis. The Weidenreich Theory was supported by several anthropologists, including Carleton S. Coon.

 12 Helmuth Plessner

Helmuth Plessner
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: September 4, 1892
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany
Died: June 12, 1985

 13 Ulli Beier

Ulli Beier
Famous As: Editor
Birthdate: July 30, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Germany
Died: April 3, 2011

 14 Wilhelm Bleek

Wilhelm Bleek
Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: March 8, 1827
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: August 17, 1875

 15 Aparna Rao

Aparna Rao
Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: February 3, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Delhi, India
Died: June 28, 2005

 16 Berthold Laufer

Berthold Laufer
Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: October 11, 1874
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: September 13, 1934

German anthropologist and historical-geographer Berthold Laufer who virtually remained the only sinologist working in the US for over three-decades, made significant contributions in shedding light on the attributes of the Chinese and Tibetan culture. He served as the curator of Asiatic Ethnology and Anthropology at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, and made major contributions to its collections.

 17 George Ward Stocking, Jr.

George Ward Stocking, Jr.
Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: December 28, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: July 13, 2013

 18 Gustav Klemm

Gustav Klemm
Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: November 12, 1802
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chemnitz, Germany
Died: August 26, 1867

 19 Wilhelm Koppers

Wilhelm Koppers
Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: February 8, 1886
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Died: January 23, 1961

 20 Konrad Spindler

Konrad Spindler
Famous As: Archaeologist
Birthdate: June 20, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: April 17, 2005