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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. Mead served as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1975.Mead was a communicator of anthropology in modern American and Western culture and was often controversial as an academic. Her reports detailing the attitudes towards sex in South Pacific and Southeast Asian traditional cultures influenced the 1960s sexual revolution. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Margaret Mead has received more than 2,672,210 page views. Her biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Margaret Mead is the 6th most popular anthropologist (down from 4th in 2019), the 339th most popular biography from United States (up from 368th 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 6 out of 69Before her are Bronisław Malinowski, Edward Burnett Tylor, James George Frazer, Lewis H. Morgan, and Jane Goodall. After her are Ruth Benedict, Franz Boas, Paul Broca, Clifford Geertz, Gregory Bateson, and Eugène Dubois.

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Among people born in 1901, Margaret Mead ranks 25Before her are Paul of Greece, Vittorio De Sica, André Malraux, Princess Märtha of Sweden, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, and Joaquín Rodrigo. After her are Jean Dubuffet, Simon Kuznets, Max Euwe, Andrey Vlasov, Milton H. Erickson, and Witold Pilecki. Among people deceased in 1978, Margaret Mead ranks 13Before her are Jacques Brel, Santiago Bernabéu Yeste, Giorgio de Chirico, Adolf Dassler, Mohammed Daoud Khan, and Ramón Mercader. After her are Manne Siegbahn, Anastas Mikoyan, Jim Jones, Umberto Nobile, Ronnie Peterson, and Ricardo Zamora.

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Among people born in United States, Margaret Mead ranks 339 out of 18,182Before her are Sandra Bullock (1964), John Bardeen (1908), Bill Murray (1950), James Fenimore Cooper (1789), Truman Capote (1924), and Joseph Stiglitz (1943). After her are Ella Fitzgerald (1917), Dick Cheney (1941), Jack Ruby (1911), Pete Conrad (1930), Jared Leto (1971), and Susan Sontag (1933).

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), A. L. Kroeber (1876), Edward T. Hall (1914), Marvin Harris (1927), Leslie White (1900), Marshall Sahlins (1930), Ann Dunham (1942), Henry Fairfield Osborn (1857), and John Lloyd Stephens (1805).