Marvin Harris

1927 - 2001

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Marvin Harris (August 18, 1927 – October 25, 2001) was an American anthropologist. He was born in Brooklyn, New York City. A prolific writer, he was highly influential in the development of cultural materialism and environmental determinism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Marvin Harris has received more than 217,289 page views. His biography is available in 29 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 28 in 2019). Marvin Harris is the 21st most popular anthropologist (down from 20th in 2019), the 2,235th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,777th in 2019) and the 7th most popular American Anthropologist.

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Among anthropologists, Marvin Harris ranks 21 out of 69Before him are Edward T. Hall, E. E. Evans-Pritchard, Knud Rasmussen, Mary Douglas, Victor Turner, and Raymond Dart. After him are Leslie White, Marshall Sahlins, Mary Leakey, Marc Augé, Wilhelm Schmidt, and Cheikh Anta Diop.

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Among people born in 1927, Marvin Harris ranks 108Before him are François Furet, Rosemary Harris, Dick Bruna, Vasile Milea, Claude Gensac, and Pierre Henry. After him are Lee Grant, Cecil Bødker, Stanisław Kania, Gerry Mulligan, Nguyễn Khánh, and Carlos José Castilho. Among people deceased in 2001, Marvin Harris ranks 66Before him are Perry Como, Chet Atkins, Isao Inokuma, Michele Alboreto, Luis Carniglia, and Liisi Oterma. After him are Jaroslav Drobný, Juan Bosch, Marcos Pérez Jiménez, Bill Hewlett, Giuseppe Sinopoli, and John Phillips.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Marvin Harris ranks 2,235 out of 15,968Before him are John Heard (1946), Kirsten Dunst (1982), Chubby Checker (1941), George Gallup (1901), George Reeves (1914), and Raymond E. Feist (1945). After him are Myrna Loy (1905), George Gaylord Simpson (1902), Charles Duke (1935), Casey Affleck (1975), Edwin Hall (1855), and Richard Bull (1924).

Among ANTHROPOLOGISTS In United States

Among anthropologists born in United States, Marvin Harris ranks 7Before him are Margaret Mead (1901), Clifford Geertz (1926), Lewis H. Morgan (1818), Ruth Benedict (1887), A. L. Kroeber (1876), and Edward T. Hall (1914). After him are Leslie White (1900), Marshall Sahlins (1930), Henry Fairfield Osborn (1857), Ann Dunham (1942), John Lloyd Stephens (1805), and Ralph Linton (1893).