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Blacking, John Anthony Randoll (1928–1990), social anthropologist and ethnomusicologist, was born on 22 October 1928 in Guildford, Surrey, the elder child and only son of William Henry Randoll Blacking, ecclesiastical architect, and his wife, (Josephine) Margaret Newcombe Waymouth. The family moved to 21 The Close, Salisbury...

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Schapera, Isaac (1905–2003), ethnographer and social anthropologist, was born in Garies, Namaqualand, Cape Colony, on 23 June 1905, the youngest of five children of Herman Schapera and his wife, Rosa, Jewish immigrants from White Russia. His mother died in 1918. His father, who began as a pedlar and became a small shopkeeper, went bankrupt in 1924, and in 1925 committed suicide....