Franz Boas

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Franz Boas (July 9, 1858 – December 21, 1942[2]) was a German American anthropologist a pioneer of modern anthropology who has been called the "Father of American Anthropology"[3] and "the Father of Modern Anthropology."[4] Like many such pioneers, he trained in other disciplines; he received his doctorate in physics, and did post-doctoral work in geography. He applied the scientific method to the study of human cultures and societies; previously this discipline was based on the formulation of grand theories around anecdotal knowledge.[5]

Boas once summed up his approach to anthropology and folklore by saying: "In the course of time I became convinced that a materialistic point of view, for a physicist a very real one, was untenable. This gave me a new point of view and I recognized the importance of studying the interaction between the organic and inorganic, above all the relation between the life of a people and their physical environment."[6]

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