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Melville J. Herskovits

1895 - 1963

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Melville Jean Herskovits (September 10, 1895 – February 25, 1963) was an American anthropologist who helped to first establish African and African Diaspora studies in American academia. He is known for exploring the cultural continuity from African cultures as expressed in African-American communities. He worked with his wife Frances (Shapiro) Herskovits, also an anthropologist, in the field in South America, the Caribbean and Africa. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Melville J. Herskovits has received more than 151,114 page views. His biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia. Melville J. Herskovits is the 55th most popular anthropologist, the 5,097th most popular biography from United States and the 16th most popular American Anthropologist.

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Among anthropologists, Melville J. Herskovits ranks 55 out of 69Before him are Louis Dumont, Bengt Danielsson, Andrey Korotayev, Aleš Hrdlička, Michael Harner, and Fei Xiaotong. After him are George Murdock, Helen Fisher, Johann Carl Fuhlrott, Raymond Firth, Arjun Appadurai, and Max Gluckman.

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Among people born in 1895, Melville J. Herskovits ranks 168Before him are Giuseppe Bottai, Alexander Mikulin, Nikifor, Víctor Raúl Haya de la Torre, Nikolay Shchors, and Christian Herter. After him are Walter Bedell Smith, Jerzy Kuryłowicz, Plínio Salgado, John Diefenbaker, August Emil Fieldorf, and Liane Haid. Among people deceased in 1963, Melville J. Herskovits ranks 110Before him are Alan Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke, Pierre Blanchar, Patsy Cline, Dick Powell, Fernando Tambroni, and Erich Ollenhauer. After him are Benny Moré, Mary Agnes Chase, Hugh O'Flaherty, Barnum Brown, Shinobu Ishihara, and Marie Marvingt.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Melville J. Herskovits ranks 5,097 out of 18,182Before him are Bella Thorne (1997), Elizabeth Jane Gardner (1837), Leila Hyams (1905), Robert Sapolsky (1957), Richard Marcinko (1940), and James Redfield (1950). After him are Buddy Bolden (1877), Pamela Tiffin (1942), Mark Pellegrino (1965), Paula Patton (1975), Tony Williams (1945), and Belle Starr (1848).

Among ANTHROPOLOGISTS In United States

Among anthropologists born in United States, Melville J. Herskovits ranks 16Before him are Ann Dunham (1942), Henry Fairfield Osborn (1857), John Lloyd Stephens (1805), Ralph Linton (1893), David Graeber (1961), and Michael Harner (1929). After him are George Murdock (1897), Helen Fisher (1945), Gayle Rubin (1949), Carleton S. Coon (1904), Napoleon Chagnon (1938), and Edwin H. Colbert (1905).