Franz Boas

1858 - 1942

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Franz Uri Boas (July 9, 1858 – December 21, 1942) was a German-born 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 1,255,085 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Franz Boas is the 5th most popular anthropologist (up from 6th in 2019), the 331st most popular biography from Germany (up from 368th 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 5 out of 69Before him are Bronisław Malinowski, James George Frazer, Edward Burnett Tylor, and Margaret Mead. After him are Jane Goodall, Clifford Geertz, Lewis H. Morgan, Ruth Benedict, Paul Broca, Gregory Bateson, and Alfred Radcliffe-Brown.

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Among people born in 1858, Franz Boas ranks 11Before him are Rudolf Diesel, Theodore Roosevelt, Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, Georg Simmel, Gustaf V of Sweden, and Emmeline Pankhurst. After him are Omar Mukhtar, Giuseppe Peano, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Christiaan Eijkman, Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, and Charles de Foucauld. Among people deceased in 1942, Franz Boas ranks 13Before him are Robert Musil, José Raúl Capablanca, William G. Morgan, Anton Drexler, Jean Baptiste Perrin, and Robert Bosch. After him are William Henry Bragg, Walther von Reichenau, Fritz Todt, Richard Willstätter, Sabina Spielrein, and Hans-Joachim Marseille.

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Among people born in Germany, Franz Boas ranks 331 out of 5,289Before him are Gustav Stresemann (1878), Rudolf Carnap (1891), Simone Signoret (1921), Sepp Maier (1944), James Franck (1882), and Thomas à Kempis (1380). After him are Frederick III, Elector of Saxony (1463), August Ferdinand Möbius (1790), Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781), Friedrich Bessel (1784), Ferdinand Schörner (1892), and Helmut Schmidt (1918).


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