Bronisław Malinowski

1884 - 1942

Bronisław Malinowski

Bronisław Kasper Malinowski (Polish: [brɔˈɲiswaf maliˈnɔfskʲi]; 7 April 1884 – 16 May 1942) was an anthropologist whose writings on ethnography, social theory, and field research were a lasting influence on the discipline of anthropology.From 1910, Malinowski studied exchange and economics at the London School of Economics (LSE) under Charles Gabriel Seligman and Edvard Alexander Westermarck, analysing patterns of exchange in Aboriginal Australia through ethnographic documents. In 1914, he was given a chance to travel to New Guinea accompanying anthropologist Robert Ranulph Marett, but as World War I broke out and Malinowski was an Austrian subject, and thereby an enemy of the British commonwealth, he was unable to travel back to England. The Australian government nonetheless provided him with permission and funds to undertake ethnographic work within their territories and Malinowski chose to go to the Trobriand Islands, in Melanesia where he stayed for several years, studying the indigenous culture. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bronisław Malinowski has received more than 746,667 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia making him the most popular anthropologist.

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Among anthropologists, Bronisław Malinowski ranks 1 out of 64After him are James George Frazer, Jane Goodall, Edward Burnett Tylor, Margaret Mead, Franz Boas, Lewis H. Morgan, Ruth Benedict, Clifford Geertz, Gregory Bateson, Paul Broca, and Eugène Dubois.

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Among people born in 1884, Bronisław Malinowski ranks 6Before him are Harry S. Truman, Amedeo Modigliani, Isoroku Yamamoto, İsmet İnönü, and Edvard Beneš. After him are Hideki Tojo, Eleanor Roosevelt, Édouard Daladier, Anton Drexler, Peter Debye, and Franz Halder. Among people deceased in 1942, Bronisław Malinowski ranks 6Before him are Stefan Zweig, Reinhard Heydrich, Janusz Korczak, Robert Musil, and Edith Stein. After him are José Raúl Capablanca, Jean Baptiste Perrin, William Henry Bragg, Anton Drexler, Robert Bosch, and William G. Morgan.

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Among people born in Poland, Bronisław Malinowski ranks 35 out of 930Before him are Władysław IV Vasa (1595), Günther von Kluge (1882), Eric of Pomerania (1381), Wisława Szymborska (1923), Otto Stern (1888), and Vladislaus II of Hungary (1456). After him are Henryk Sienkiewicz (1846), Hans-Ulrich Rudel (1916), Arthur Rubinstein (1887), Kurt Lewin (1890), Andrzej Wajda (1926), and Konstantin Rokossovsky (1896).


Among anthropologists born in Poland, Bronisław Malinowski ranks 1

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