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List of Famous Anthropologists

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List of famous anthropologists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top anthropologists in the world? This includes the most prominent anthropologists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable anthropologists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic anthropologists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned anthropologists.

This list contains people like Yvette Mimieux and Dian Fossey.

From reputable, prominent, and well known anthropologists to the lesser known anthropologists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the anthropologist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous anthropologists ever?" and "What are the names of famous anthropologists?" then you're in the right place. (538 items)
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    Yvette Mimieux is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous 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 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 in ...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 List of Famous 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 of ...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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    Carlos Castaneda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Anthropologists
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    Carlos Castaneda was an American author with a Ph.D. in anthropology. Starting with The Teachings of Don Juan in 1968, Castaneda wrote a series of books that describe his training in shamanism, particularly a group that he called the Toltecs. The books, narrated in the first person, relate his ...more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1925-1998)
    • Birthplace: Cajamarca, Peru
    • Profession: Anthropologist, Author
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    Margaret Mead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Anthropologists
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    Margaret Mead was an American cultural anthropologist who featured frequently as an author and speaker in the mass media during the 1960s and 1970s. She earned her bachelor degree at Barnard College in New York City and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University. Mead was a respected and often ...more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1901-1978)
    • Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Profession: Cultural Anthropologist, Anthropologist, Professor, Author, Curator, + more
    • Credits: Trance and Dance in Bali
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    Florinda Donner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous 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 worked ...more

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    • Age: 71
    • Birthplace: Amberg, Germany
    • Profession: Anthropologist, Author
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    Tobias Schneebaum is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Anthropologists
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    Tobias Schneebaum was an American artist, anthropologist, and AIDS activist. He is best known for his experiences living, and traveling among the Harakmbut people of Peru, and the Asmat people of Papua, Western New Guinea, Indonesia then known as Irian Jaya. more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1922-2005)
    • Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York
    • Profession: Anthropologist, Artist
    • Credits: Keep the River on Your Right: A Modern Cannibal Tale
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    Al-Biruni is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Anthropologists
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    Abū al-Rayhān Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Bīrūnī, known as Al-Biruni in English, was a Persian Muslim scholar and polymath from the Khwarezm region. Al-Biruni is regarded as one of the greatest scholars of the medieval Islamic era and was well versed in physics, mathematics, astronomy, and natural sciences, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (973-1048)
    • Birthplace: Khwarezm
    • Profession: Linguist, Mathematician, Anthropologist, Scholar, Physicist, + more
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