Margaret Mead

1901 - 1978

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Margaret Mead (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978) was an American cultural anthropologist who featured frequently as an author and speaker in the mass media during the 1960s and the 1970s. She earned her bachelor's degree at Barnard College of Columbia University and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Margaret Mead has received more than 2,855,090 page views. Her biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 66 in 2019). Margaret Mead is the 8th most popular anthropologist (down from 7th in 2019), the 611th most popular biography from United States (down from 339th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular American Anthropologist.

Margaret Mead is most famous for her work in cultural anthropology. She was one of the first anthropologists to study different cultures around the world. Mead's most famous work is "Coming of Age in Samoa" which she published in 1928.

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Among anthropologists, Margaret Mead ranks 8 out of 93Before her are Bronisław Malinowski, James George Frazer, Jane Goodall, Edward Burnett Tylor, Lewis H. Morgan, and Paul Broca. After her are Franz Boas, Ruth Benedict, Gregory Bateson, Clifford Geertz, Knud Rasmussen, and Alfred Radcliffe-Brown.

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Among people born in 1901, Margaret Mead ranks 39Before her are Andrey Vlasov, Henning von Tresckow, Witold Pilecki, Nadezhda Alliluyeva, Jaroslav Seifert, and Milton H. Erickson. After her are Robert Bresson, Jascha Heifetz, Nikolai Vatutin, Henri Lefebvre, Vincent du Vigneaud, and Alfred Tarski. Among people deceased in 1978, Margaret Mead ranks 20Before her are Anastas Mikoyan, Ricardo Zamora, John Cazale, Harry Martinson, Kurt Student, and Houari Boumédiène. After her are Willy Messerschmitt, Ronnie Peterson, Vincent du Vigneaud, Mohammed Daoud Khan, Hasso von Manteuffel, and Jim Jones.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Margaret Mead ranks 611 out of 20,380Before her are Jada Pinkett Smith (1971), Theodore Dreiser (1871), Telly Savalas (1922), Napoleon Hill (1883), Matthew Perry (1969), and Milton H. Erickson (1901). After her are Val Kilmer (1959), Glenn Miller (1904), Martin Landau (1928), Melvin Schwartz (1932), Richard Meier (1934), and Albert Pike (1809).

Among ANTHROPOLOGISTS In United States

Among anthropologists born in United States, Margaret Mead ranks 2Before her are Lewis H. Morgan (1818). After her are Ruth Benedict (1887), Clifford Geertz (1926), Edward T. Hall (1914), Marshall Sahlins (1930), A. L. Kroeber (1876), Ann Dunham (1942), Marvin Harris (1927), Henry Fairfield Osborn (1857), David Graeber (1961), and John Lloyd Stephens (1805).