Franz Uri Boas

1858-1942

Description

Franz Uri Boas was born in July 19, 1858 in Minden Germany and he died in December 21, 1942 in New York USA. He was interested in natural science at a very young age.

Franz received his education in multiple university's. He attended the university of Keil, University of Heidelberg and the University of Bonn.

What he did

He founded the relativistic culture-centered school of American anthropology that dominated the 20th century. He also contributed to linguistics and American Indian ethnology. Franz was a popular anthropologist who published a book called 'The Mind of Primitive Man,' that was removed from Germany during Hitler's reign since he believed that all races were equal. Franz also taught people how bad the mindset of Nazi's were and how dangerous they are. He was important to Anthropology because he changed the way people thought back then which is that the Western civilization is the superior civilization to all the others.

quote

"I hope I may have succeeded in presenting to you, however imperfectly, the currents of thought due to the work of the of the immortal Darwin which have helped to make anthropology what it is at the present time."


Franz Boas