Robert Ardrey

Playwright, Author

1908 – 1980

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Who was Robert Ardrey?

Robert Ardrey was an American playwright and screenwriter who returned to his academic training in anthropology and the behavioral sciences in the 1950s.

African Genesis and The Territorial Imperative, two of Robert Ardrey's most widely read works, as well as Desmond Morris' The Naked Ape, were key elements in the public discourse of the 1960s that challenged earlier anthropological assumptions. Ardrey's ideas notably influenced Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick in the development of 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as Sam Peckinpah, to whom Strother Martin gave copies of two of Ardrey's books.

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Born
Oct 16, 1908
Chicago
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • University of Chicago
Died
Jan 14, 1980

Submitted
on July 23, 2013