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Famous Female Anthropologists

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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?"
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    • Age: 78
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA

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  • Dian Fossey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Anthropologists
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    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 murder. She studied them daily in the mountain forests of Rwanda, initially encouraged to work there by paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey. Gorillas in the Mist, a book published two years before her death, is Fossey's account of her scientific study of the gorillas at Karisoke Research Center and prior career. It was adapted into a 1988 film of the same name.Fossey was one of the foremost primatologists in the world, a member of the so-called "Trimates", a group formed of prominent female... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 53 (1932-1985)
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America

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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 (January 7, 1891 – January 28, 1960) was an influential author of African-American literature, anthropologist, and filmmaker, who portrayed racial struggles in the early-20th-century American South, and published research on Haitian Vodou. The most popular of her four novels is Their Eyes Were Watching God, published in 1937. She also wrote more than 50 short stories, plays, and essays. Hurston was born in Notasulga, Alabama, and moved with her family to Eatonville, Florida, in 1894. She later used Eatonville as the setting for many of her stories. It is now the site of the Zora! Festival, held each year in her honor.In her early career, Hurston conducted anthropological... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 69 (1891-1960)
    • Birthplace: Notasulga, Alabama, United States of America

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  • Florinda Donner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Anthropologists
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    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 friends of Castaneda). 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 with him on developing his thinking. In addition to working on Castaneda's books, she has written several books about indigenous healing, sorcery and lucid dreaming.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 76
    • Birthplace: Amberg, Germany
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