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 1970s. She earned her bachelor's degree at Barnard College in New York City and her MA and PhD degrees from Columbia University. 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Margaret Mead has received more than 2,147,593 page views. Her biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Margaret Mead is the 4th most popular anthropologist (up from 5th in 2019), the 368th most popular biography from United States (up from 399th in 2019) and the 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 4 out of 69Before her are Bronisław Malinowski, James George Frazer, and Edward Burnett Tylor. After her are Franz Boas, 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 1901, Margaret Mead ranks 23Before her are Paul of Greece, Magda Goebbels, Ngo Dinh Diem, Vittorio De Sica, André Malraux, and Princess Märtha of Sweden. After her are Joaquín Rodrigo, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, Max Euwe, Simon Kuznets, Andrey Vlasov, and Milton H. Erickson. Among people deceased in 1978, Margaret Mead ranks 12Before her are Adolf Dassler, Santiago Bernabéu Yeste, Jacques Brel, Aldo Moro, Giorgio de Chirico, and Ramón Mercader. After her are Umberto Nobile, Anastas Mikoyan, Manne Siegbahn, John Cazale, Ricardo Zamora, and Jim Jones.

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Among people born in United States, Margaret Mead ranks 368 out of 15,968Before her are Jim Mattis (1950), Zodiac Killer (1940), Herbert A. Simon (1916), Jimmy Hoffa (1913), Philip Roth (1933), and Robert E. Lee (1807). After her are Montgomery Clift (1920), Shaquille O'Neal (1972), Alvin Toffler (1928), Gertrude Stein (1874), Sydney Pollack (1934), and Art Garfunkel (1941).

Among ANTHROPOLOGISTS In United States

Among anthropologists born in United States, Margaret Mead ranks 1After her are Clifford Geertz (1926), Lewis H. Morgan (1818), Ruth Benedict (1887), A. L. Kroeber (1876), Edward T. Hall (1914), Marvin Harris (1927), Leslie White (1900), Marshall Sahlins (1930), Henry Fairfield Osborn (1857), Ann Dunham (1942), and John Lloyd Stephens (1805).