Margaret Mead

American Anthropologist

Brief Description

Margaret Mead was a cultural anthropologist and writer born on December 16, 1901 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Barnard College in 1932 and went on to get a Ph.D at Columbia University. She had published several bestseller books such as Coming of Age in Samoa. Margaret was married and divorced three times. Her third husband was a anthropologist named Gregory Bateson with whom she had a daughter named Mary Catherine Basteson. On November 15, 1978, Margart died due to cancer.


Margaret Mead is the most renowned anthropologist to date. She contributed to anthropology in many ways. One of the ways she contributed was the development of the disciplines. Some of her studies were the life of adolescent girls. For this study she went to Samoa and other islands around the Pacific Ocean. While she was there, she studied the native way of life. She came to the conclusion that human behaviour in relation to gender varied widely from culture to culture. Her work continues to contribute to anthropology today.