Alfred L. Kroeber biography

Alfred L. Kroeber

Anthropologist, Academic

1876 – 1960

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Who was Alfred L. Kroeber?

Alfred Louis Kroeber was an American cultural anthropologist. He received his Ph.D. under Franz Boas at Columbia University in 1901, the first doctorate in anthropology awarded by Columbia. He was also the first professor appointed to the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. He played an integral role in the early days of its Museum of Anthropology, where he served as Director from 1909 through 1947. Kroeber provided detailed information about Ishi, the last surviving member of the Yahi people, whom he studied over a period of years. He was the father of the acclaimed novelist, poet, and writer of short stories Ursula K. Le Guin.

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Born
Jun 11, 1876
Hoboken
Also known as
  • A. L Kroeber
  • Alfred Louis Kroeber
Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Doctorate, Columbia University
    Anthropology
    ( - 1901)
  • Columbia College of Columbia University in the City of New York
Employment
  • University of California, Berkeley
Lived in
  • Hoboken
Died
Oct 5, 1960
Paris

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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