Famous Anthropologists from the United States

List of notable or famous anthropologists from the United States, with bios and photos, including the top anthropologists born in the United States and even some popular anthropologists who immigrated to the United States. If you're trying to find out the names of famous American anthropologists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These anthropologists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known anthropologist from the United States is included when available.

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This historic anthropologists from the United States list can help answer the questions "Who are some American anthropologists of note?" and "Who are the most famous anthropologists from the United States?" These prominent anthropologists of the United States may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected American anthropologists.

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    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California
    Yvette Carmen Mimieux (January 8, 1942 – January 18, 2022) was an American television and film actress. She is perhaps known best for her breakout role in The Time Machine (1960). She was nominated ...more
  • Dian Fossey
    Dec. at 53 (1932-1985)
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    Dian Fossey (; January 16, 1932 – c. December 26, 1985) was an American primatologist and conservationist known for undertaking an extensive study of mountain gorilla groups from 1966 until her 1985 ...more
  • Zora Neale Hurston
    Dec. at 69 (1891-1960)
    • Birthplace: Notasulga, Alabama, United States of America
    Zora Neale Hurston (January 7, 1891 – January 28, 1960) was an influential author of African-American literature, anthropologist, and filmmaker, who portrayed racial struggles in the ...more
  • Carlos Castaneda
    Dec. at 72 (1925-1998)
    • Birthplace: Cajamarca, Peru
    Carlos Castaneda (December 25, 1925–April 27, 1998) was an American author. Starting with The Teachings of Don Juan in 1968, Castaneda wrote a series of books that describe his training in shamanism, ...more
    • Birthplace: Amberg, Germany
    Florinda Donner (originally Regine Margarita Thal, later Florinda Donner-Grau) is an American writer and anthropologist known as one of Carlos Castaneda's "witches" (the term for three women who were ...more
  • Tobias Schneebaum
    Dec. at 83 (1922-2005)
    • Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York
    Tobias Schneebaum (March 25, 1922 – September 20, 2005) was an American artist, anthropologist, and AIDS activist. He is best known for his experiences living and traveling among the Harakmbut people ...more