US (German-born) anthropologist and ethnologist
1858 - Franz Boas was born on the 9th of July in Minden, Westphalia.
1881 - Boas received his doctorate in physics from the university at Kiel.
1883 - He went to Baffin Island to conduct geographic research on the impact of the physical environment on native Inuit migrations.
1885 - He went to work with physical anthropologist Rudolf Virchow and ethnologist Adolf Bastian at the Royal Ethnological Museum in Berlin.
1886 - Returned to Berlin to finish his studies.
1888 - Wrote his first monograph titled The Central Eskimo.
1902 - Elected vice-president of American Anthropological Association, along with Putnam, Powell, and Holmes.
1907 - He identified in his essay, "Anthropology," two basic questions for anthropologists: "Why are the tribes and nations of the world different, and how have the present differences developed?"
1942 - Franz Boas died on 21st of December.
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