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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. Featuring foreign anthropologists, linguistic anthropologists, cultural anthropologists, and more, this list has it all. 

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. 
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

Age: 75

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous 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 ...more

Age: Died at 53 (1932-1985)

Birthplace: California, United States of America

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 ...more

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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#59 on The Greatest Female Novelists Ever

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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

Age: Died at 73 (1925-1998)

Birthplace: Cajamarca, Peru

Profession: Anthropologist, Author

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