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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 on Wikipedia

Age: 76

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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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 in the Mist, combines her scientific study of the mountain gorilla at Karisoke Research Center with her own personal story. It was adapted into a 1988 film. Fossey was murdered in 1985; the case remains open. Called one of the foremost primatologists in the world while she was alive, Fossey, along with Jane Goodall and BirutÄ— Galdikas, were the so-called Trimates, a group of three prominent ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 53 (1932-1985)

Birthplace: USA, California, San Francisco

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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 of interest in her in 1975, her manuscript Every Tongue Got to Confess, a collection of folktales gathered in the 1920s, was published posthumously after being discovered in the Smithsonian archives. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Died at 69 (1891-1960)

Birthplace: Notasulga, Alabama, United States of America

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#17 on The Best Female Authors of All Time

#45 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 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. She disappeared in 1998, the day after Castaneda died. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 74

Birthplace: Amberg, Germany

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