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Alfred L. Kroeber

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A. L. Kroeber
Kroeber with Ishi in 1911
Alfred Louis Kroeber

(1876-06-11)June 11, 1876
DiedOctober 5, 1960(1960-10-05) (aged 84)
Paris, France
ChildrenTed and Clifton Brown Kroeber (adopted), Karl and Ursula Kroeber
Parent(s)Florence Kroeber and Johanna Muller[1]
AwardsViking Fund Medal (1946)
Academic background
Alma materColumbia University
Doctoral advisorFranz Boas
Academic work
Sub-disciplineCultural anthropology
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Berkeley
Doctoral studentsCora Du Bois, Margaret Lantis, Katharine Luomala, Laura Maud Thompson, Charles F. Voegelin,
InfluencedH. Stuart Hughes[2]

Alfred Louis Kroeber (June 11, 1876 – October 5, 1960) was an American cultural anthropologist. He earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University in 1901. Franz Boas supervised Kroeber's studies. Kroeber was also the first professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.[3] He was director of the Museum of Anthropology at Berkeley from 1909 through 1947.[4] Kroeber studied an man named Ishi, the last surviving member of the Yahi people. Kroeber was the father of the novelist, poet, and writer of short stories Ursula K. Le Guin.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Julian H. Steward, "Alfred L. Kroeber 1876–1960: Obituary", American Ethnography, first published in American Anthropologist, October 1961, New Series 63(5:1):1038–1087, accessed 5 Nov 2010
  2. Gilkeson, John S. (2010). Anthropologists and the Rediscovery of America, 1886–1965. New York: Cambridge University Press. p. 217. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511779558. ISBN 978-1-139-49118-1.
  3. "History, Anthropology Department, UC Berkeley". University of California, Berkeley. Archived from the original on 2014-10-09. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  4. Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology – History Archived 2011-07-25 at the Wayback Machine