Franz Boas

1858 - 1942

Franz Boas

Franz Uri Boas (1858–1942) 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 923,176 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 6th most popular anthropologist.

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Among anthropologists, Franz Boas ranks 6 out of 64Before him are Bronisław Malinowski, James George Frazer, Jane Goodall, Edward Burnett Tylor, and Margaret Mead. After him are Lewis H. Morgan, Ruth Benedict, Clifford Geertz, Gregory Bateson, Paul Broca, and Eugène Dubois.

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Among people born in 1858, Franz Boas ranks 12Before him are Theodore Roosevelt, Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, Georg Simmel, Gustaf V of Sweden, Emmeline Pankhurst, and Giuseppe Peano. After him are Omar Mukhtar, Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, Christiaan Eijkman, Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein, Charles de Foucauld, and Maria Christina of Austria. Among people deceased in 1942, Franz Boas ranks 13Before him are José Raúl Capablanca, Jean Baptiste Perrin, William Henry Bragg, Anton Drexler, Robert Bosch, and William G. Morgan. After him are Richard Willstätter, Fritz Todt, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Walther von Reichenau, Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich of Russia, and Jozef Gabčík.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Franz Boas ranks 368 out of 3,763Before him are Wolfram von Eschenbach (1170), Maria Sibylla Merian (1647), Niklas Luhmann (1927), Georg von Küchler (1881), Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1691), and Jürgen Klopp (1967). After him are Louis the Child (893), Adam Opel (1837), Friedrich Carl von Savigny (1779), Ernst Busch (1885), Carl Ritter (1779), and Frank-Walter Steinmeier (1956).


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

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