Margaret Mead


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Margaret Mead was a great
scientist, explorer, writer, and teacher, who educated the
human race in many different ways. In the next few
paragraphs I will discuss the different ways Margaret
Mead, Anthropologist, effected our society. Margaret
Mead was born in Philadelphia on December 16, 1901,
and was educated at Barnard College and at Columbia
University. In 1926 she became assistant curator of
ethnology at the American Museum of Natural History in
New York City, and she served as associate curator and
as curator. She was director of research in contemporary
cultures at Columbia University from 1948 to 1950 and
professor of anthropology there after 1954. Participating in
several field expeditions, Mead conducted notable research
in New Guinea, Samoa, and Bali. Much of her work was
devoted to a study of patterns of child rearing in various
cultures. She also analyzed many problems in
contemporary American society, particularly those affecting
young people. Her interests were varied, including
childcare, adolescence, sexual behavior, and American
character and culture. Margaret Mead taught generations
of Americans about looking carefully and openly at other
cultures to understand the complexities of being human.
Margaret Mead brought the serious work of anthropology
to public consciousness. Mead studied at Barnard College,
where she met the great anthropologist Franz Boas. Franz
Boas became her mentor and her advisor when she
attended graduate school at Columbia University. Mead\'s
work is largely responsible for the treasures on view in the
Museum\'s Hall of Pacific Peoples. In addition to her work
at the Museum, Margaret Mead taught, and wrote more
best selling books. She contributed a regular column to
Redbook magazine. She was also lectured, and was
frequently interviewed on radio and television. A deeply
committed activist, Mead often testified on social issues
before the United States Congress and other Government
agencies. Mead died in New York City on November 15,
1978. Mead Margaret was an American anthropologist,
widely known for her studies of primitive societies and her
contributions to social anthropology. She will be
remembered everywhere by anthropologist all over the
world.