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Boas, Franz

Born: 1858 AD
Died: 1942 AD
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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.