Ruth Benedict

1887 - 1948

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Ruth Fulton Benedict (June 5, 1887 – September 17, 1948) was an American anthropologist and folklorist. She was born in New York City, attended Vassar College, and graduated in 1909. After studying anthropology at the New School of Social Research under Elsie Clews Parsons, she entered graduate studies at Columbia University in 1921, where she studied under Franz Boas. She received her Ph.D. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ruth Benedict has received more than 688,449 page views. Her biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Ruth Benedict is the 10th most popular anthropologist (down from 8th in 2019), the 618th most popular biography from United States (down from 505th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular American Anthropologist.

Ruth Benedict was a cultural anthropologist who wrote "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword" in 1946. The book is about Japanese culture and how it differs from American culture.

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Over the past year Ruth Benedict has had the most page views in the with 73,064 views, followed by Japanese (19,397), and Spanish (12,496). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Armenian (15,500.00%), (258.94%), and Urdu (205.23%)


Among anthropologists, Ruth Benedict ranks 10 out of 93Before her are Jane Goodall, Edward Burnett Tylor, Lewis H. Morgan, Paul Broca, Margaret Mead, and Franz Boas. After her are Gregory Bateson, Clifford Geertz, Knud Rasmussen, Alfred Radcliffe-Brown, Eugène Dubois, and E. E. Evans-Pritchard.

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Among people born in 1887, Ruth Benedict ranks 27Before her are Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, James B. Sumner, Felix Yusupov, Georg Trakl, Henry Moseley, and Georgia O'Keeffe. After her are Leopold Ružička, Nadia Boulanger, Wolfgang Köhler, Nikolai Vavilov, Gustav Ludwig Hertz, and Lothar Rendulic. Among people deceased in 1948, Ruth Benedict ranks 21Before her are Karl Brandt, Johannes Blaskowitz, Witold Pilecki, Babe Ruth, Jan Masaryk, and Theodor Morell. After her are Karl Gebhardt, Prince Aimone, Duke of Aosta, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Maria Mandl, Arthur Liebehenschel, and Kurt Schwitters.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Ruth Benedict ranks 618 out of 20,380Before her are Val Kilmer (1959), Glenn Miller (1904), Martin Landau (1928), Melvin Schwartz (1932), Richard Meier (1934), and Albert Pike (1809). After her are John Irving (1942), Robert Woodrow Wilson (1936), George E. Smith (1930), Isaac Singer (1811), Joan Crawford (1904), and Marshall Warren Nirenberg (1927).

Among ANTHROPOLOGISTS In United States

Among anthropologists born in United States, Ruth Benedict ranks 3Before her are Lewis H. Morgan (1818), and Margaret Mead (1901). After her are 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).