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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 595,687 page views. Her biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Ruth Benedict is the 7th most popular anthropologist (up from 9th in 2019), the 505th most popular biography from United States (up from 580th 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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Among anthropologists, Ruth Benedict ranks 7 out of 69Before her are Bronisław Malinowski, Edward Burnett Tylor, James George Frazer, Lewis H. Morgan, Jane Goodall, and Margaret Mead. After her are Franz Boas, Paul Broca, Clifford Geertz, Gregory Bateson, Eugène Dubois, and Alfred Radcliffe-Brown.

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Among people born in 1887, Ruth Benedict ranks 26Before her are Felix Yusupov, Saint-John Perse, Chūichi Nagumo, Henry Moseley, Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, and Heitor Villa-Lobos. After her are Georg Trakl, Nikolai Vavilov, Nadia Boulanger, Lothar Rendulic, Wolfgang Köhler, and James B. Sumner. Among people deceased in 1948, Ruth Benedict ranks 17Before her are Walther von Brauchitsch, Karl Brandt, Babe Ruth, Folke Bernadotte, Johannes Blaskowitz, and Witold Pilecki. After her are Nikolai Berdyaev, Theodor Morell, Karl Gebhardt, Maria Mandl, Arthur Liebehenschel, and Jan Masaryk.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Ruth Benedict ranks 505 out of 18,182Before her are Owen Chamberlain (1920), Jeffrey Epstein (1953), Harriet Tubman (1820), Paul Simon (1941), Elinor Ostrom (1933), and Melvin Calvin (1911). After her are Immanuel Wallerstein (1930), Florence Foster Jenkins (1868), John Kerry (1943), Robert Mitchum (1917), Leonard Nimoy (1931), and Romina Power (1951).

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), 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).