Fredrik Barth

1928 - 2016

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Thomas Fredrik Weybye Barth (22 December 1928 – 24 January 2016) was a Norwegian social anthropologist who published several ethnographic books with a clear formalist view. He was a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Boston University, and previously held professorships at the University of Oslo, the University of Bergen (where he founded the Department of Social Anthropology), Emory University and Harvard University. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Fredrik Barth has received more than 133,008 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Fredrik Barth is the 32nd most popular anthropologist (up from 36th in 2019), the 2,378th most popular biography from Germany (down from 2,195th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular German Anthropologist.

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Among anthropologists, Fredrik Barth ranks 32 out of 69Before him are Wilhelm Schmidt, Cheikh Anta Diop, Pierre Clastres, Bill Mollison, Jacques de Morgan, and Franco Basaglia. After him are Marcel Griaule, Henry Fairfield Osborn, Ann Dunham, John Lloyd Stephens, Ralph Linton, and Alfred Sauvy.

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Among people born in 1928, Fredrik Barth ranks 193Before him are Nicolas Roeg, Édouard Glissant, Ernest Simoni, Horace Silver, Nodar Dumbadze, and Line Renaud. After him are Pavel Kohout, Bella Darvi, Charles Gray, Alexis Korner, Hans Herrmann, and Orson Bean. Among people deceased in 2016, Fredrik Barth ranks 157Before him are Hassan Al-Turabi, Arthur Hiller, Götz George, Scotty Moore, Rick Parfitt, and Chus Lampreave. After him are Juan Gabriel, Franciszek Macharski, Marc Riboud, Dragan Nikolić, Louis Pilot, and Péter Esterházy.

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Among people born in Germany, Fredrik Barth ranks 2,378 out of 5,289Before him are Christian Fürchtegott Gellert (1715), Toni Turek (1919), Princess Therese of Saxe-Altenburg (1836), Hellmuth Walter (1900), George I, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (1547), and Korbinian Brodmann (1868). After him are Adolf Schmal (1872), Katia Mann (1883), Hans von Kulmbach (1476), Paul Giesler (1895), Joseph Clemens of Bavaria (1671), and Sonja Ziemann (1926).


Among anthropologists born in Germany, Fredrik Barth ranks 3Before him are Franz Boas (1858) and Wilhelm Schmidt (1868). After him are Birutė Galdikas (1946), Johann Carl Fuhlrott (1803), and Adolf Bernhard Meyer (1840).