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List of famous female anthropologists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female anthropologists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being anthropologists. There are thousand of females working as anthropologists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic anthropologists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a anthropologist then the people below should give you inspiration.

People here include everyone from Yolanda Murphy to Saba Mahmood.

While this isn't a list of all female anthropologists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female anthropologists?" and "Who are the best female anthropologists?"
Yvette Mimieux is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Anthropologists
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Yvette Mimieux is a retired American movie and television actress. ...more

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Age: 73

Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California

Profession: Businessperson, Anthropologist, Actor

Credits: The Time Machine, The Black Hole, Dark of the Sun, Where the Boys Are

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Dian Fossey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Anthropologists
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Dian Fossey was an American zoologist, primatologist, and anthropologist who undertook an extensive study of gorilla groups over a period of 18 years. She studied them daily in the mountain forests of Rwanda, initially encouraged to work there by anthropologist Louis Leakey. Her 1983 book, Gorillas ...more

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Age: Died at 53 (1932-1985)

Birthplace: USA, California, San Francisco

Profession: Anthropologist, Researcher, Scientist, Zoologist

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Zora Neale Hurston is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Anthropologists
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Zora Neale Hurston was an American folklorist, anthropologist, and author. Of Hurston's four novels and more than 50 published short stories, plays, and essays, she is best known for her 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. In addition to new editions of her work being published after a revival ...more

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Age: Died at 69 (1891-1960)

Birthplace: Notasulga, Alabama, United States of America

Profession: Anthropologist, Novelist, Author, Writer

Credits: Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Gilded Six Bits

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#50 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#67 on The Greatest Female Novelists Ever

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Florinda Donner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Anthropologists
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Florinda Donner is an American writer and anthropologist known as one of Carlos Castaneda's "witches". She studied anthropology at UCLA but did not complete her degree, letting her graduate studies lapse in 1977, after having advanced to doctoral candidacy. While studying she met Castaneda and ...more

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Age: 71

Birthplace: Amberg, Germany

Profession: Anthropologist, Author

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Erna Gunther was an American anthropologist who taught for many years at the University of Washington in Seattle. Gunther's work on ethnobotany is still extensively consulted today. ...more

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Age: Died at 86 (1896-1982)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Anthropologist

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Jane Ellen Buikstra is an American anthropologist and bioarchaeologist. She is credited with coining and defining bioarchaeology in the US as the application of biological anthropological methods to the study of archaeological problems. Emphasis was placed on problem-oriented research. Relevant ...more

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Age: 70

Profession: Anthropologist

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Anne Allison is a professor of cultural anthropology at Duke University in the United States, specializing in contemporary Japanese society. She wrote the book Nightwork on hostess clubs and Japanese corporate culture after having worked at a hostess club in Tokyo. She received her BA from the ...more

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Age: 65

Profession: Anthropologist

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Fiona Caroline Graham is an Australian anthropologist who works as a geisha in Japan. She made her formal debut as a geisha in 2007 in the Asakusa district of Tokyo under the name Sayuki. She teaches seminars called "Geisha Culture" and "Japanese Society in Anime" at the School of International ...more

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Age: 54

Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Profession: Anthropologist, Geisha, Film Director

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