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List of Famous Ethnographers

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List of famous ethnographers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top ethnographers in the world? This includes the most prominent ethnographers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable ethnographers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic ethnographers 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 ethnographers.

Items include everything from Béla Bartók to Dmitri Bondarenko.

From reputable, prominent, and well known ethnographers to the lesser known ethnographers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the ethnographer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous ethnographers ever?" and "What are the names of famous ethnographers?" then you're in the right place. {#nodes}
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  • Béla Bartók
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    Béla Viktor János Bartók (; Hungarian: Bartók Béla, pronounced [ˈbɒrtoːk ˈbeːlɒ]; 25 March 1881 – 26 September 1945) was a Hungarian composer, pianist, and ethnomusicologist. He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century; he and Franz Liszt are regarded as Hungary's greatest composers (Gillies 2001). Through his collection and analytical study of folk music, he was one of the founders of comparative musicology, which later became ethnomusicology.... more on Wikipedia

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  • Francisco Pascasio Moreno (May 31, 1852 – November 22, 1919) was a prominent explorer and academic in Argentina, where he is usually referred to as Perito Moreno (perito means "specialist, expert"). Perito Moreno has been credited as one of the most influential figures in the Argentine incorporation of large parts of Patagonia and its subsequent development.... more on Wikipedia
  • Thor Heyerdahl
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    Thor Heyerdahl (Norwegian pronunciation: [tuːr ˈhæɪəɖɑːl]; October 6, 1914 – April 18, 2002) was a Norwegian adventurer and ethnographer with a background in zoology, botany, and geography. He became notable for his Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947, in which he sailed 8,000 km (5,000 mi) across the Pacific Ocean in a hand-built raft from South America to the Tuamotu Islands. The expedition was designed to demonstrate that ancient people could have made long sea voyages, creating contacts between separate cultures. This was linked to a diffusionist model of cultural development. Heyerdahl subsequently made other voyages designed to demonstrate the possibility of contact between widely separated... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski
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    Ferdynand Antoni Ossendowski (27 May 1876 – 3 January 1945) was a Polish writer, explorer, university professor, and anti-Communist political activist. He is best known for his books about Lenin and the Russian Civil War in which he participated.... more on Wikipedia