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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. He then participated in a geographical expedition to northern Canada, where he became fascinated with the culture and language of the Baffin Island Inuit. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Franz Boas has received more than 1,404,638 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Franz Boas is the 8th most popular anthropologist (down from 5th in 2019), the 459th most popular biography from Germany (down from 331st 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 8 out of 69Before him are Edward Burnett Tylor, James George Frazer, Lewis H. Morgan, Jane Goodall, Margaret Mead, and Ruth Benedict. After him are Paul Broca, Clifford Geertz, Gregory Bateson, Eugène Dubois, Alfred Radcliffe-Brown, and E. E. Evans-Pritchard.

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Among people born in 1858, Franz Boas ranks 15Before him are Gustaf V of Sweden, Omar Mukhtar, Emmeline Pankhurst, Giuseppe Peano, Christiaan Eijkman, and Charles de Foucauld. After him are Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, Kang Youwei, Maria Christina of Austria, and Eugène Ysaÿe. Among people deceased in 1942, Franz Boas ranks 16Before him are Jean Baptiste Perrin, William Henry Bragg, Robert Bosch, William G. Morgan, Walther von Reichenau, and Fritz Todt. After him are Richard Willstätter, Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia, Irène Némirovsky, François Darlan, Carole Lombard, and Sabina Spielrein.

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Among people born in Germany, Franz Boas ranks 459 out of 6,142Before him are Louise of Hesse-Kassel (1817), Maximilian von Weichs (1881), Emile Berliner (1851), Duchess Helene in Bavaria (1834), Fritz Todt (1891), and Otto of Bavaria (1848). After him are Emil Nolde (1867), Jean Paul (1763), Prince Bernhard of Lippe-Biesterfeld (1911), Wilhelm Maybach (1846), Anna Magdalena Bach (1701), and Johann Gottfried Galle (1812).


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