Franz Boas

1858 - 1942

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Franz Uri Boas (July 9, 1858 – December 21, 1942) was a German-American anthropologist and a pioneer of modern anthropology who has been called the "Father of American Anthropology". His work is associated with the movements known as historical particularism and cultural relativism. Studying in Germany, Boas was awarded a doctorate in 1881 in physics while also studying geography. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Franz Boas has received more than 1,632,760 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 56 in 2019). Franz Boas is the 9th most popular anthropologist, the 569th most popular biography from Germany (down from 459th in 2019) and the most popular German Anthropologist.

Franz Boas was a German-American anthropologist who is most famous for his work in the field of cultural anthropology. He is best known for his work in the study of Native American cultures, and he is often credited with being the father of American anthropology.

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Among anthropologists, Franz Boas ranks 9 out of 93Before him are James George Frazer, Jane Goodall, Edward Burnett Tylor, Lewis H. Morgan, Paul Broca, and Margaret Mead. After him are Ruth Benedict, Gregory Bateson, Clifford Geertz, Knud Rasmussen, Alfred Radcliffe-Brown, and Eugène Dubois.

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Among people born in 1858, Franz Boas ranks 18Before him are Giuseppe Peano, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Christiaan Eijkman, Charles de Foucauld, Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, and Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont. After him are Marie Bashkirtseff, Kang Youwei, Maria Christina of Austria, Mihajlo Pupin, Ludwig Quidde, and Eugène Ysaÿe. Among people deceased in 1942, Franz Boas ranks 18Before him are Richard Willstätter, William Henry Bragg, Robert Bosch, Fritz Todt, Bruno Schulz, and Walther von Reichenau. After him are François Darlan, Irène Némirovsky, Hans-Joachim Marseille, Sabina Spielrein, Yanka Kupala, and Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Franz Boas ranks 569 out of 7,253Before him are Gerd Binnig (1947), Hans von Seeckt (1866), Lion Feuchtwanger (1884), Otto Carius (1922), Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi (1743), and Johannes Rau (1931). After him are Erich Kästner (1899), Cunigunde of Luxembourg (978), Adam Opel (1837), Hans Georg Dehmelt (1922), Elisabeth of Wied (1843), and Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1817).


Among anthropologists born in Germany, Franz Boas ranks 1After him are Fredrik Barth (1928), Wilhelm Schmidt (1868), Jean Malaurie (1922), Birutė Galdikas (1946), Johann Carl Fuhlrott (1803), and Adolf Bernhard Meyer (1840).