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Epstein, Arnold Leonard [Bill] (1924–1999), social anthropologist, was born on 13 September 1924 at 152 Bedford Street, Liverpool, the son of Maurice Epstein (1898–1965), a travelling draper, from Liverpool, and his wife, Ethel Esther (1897–1989). Epstein, whose family came from Austrian Poland, was himself brought up in ...

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Fortes, Meyer (1906–1983), anthropologist, was born in Britstown, Cape Colony, on 25 April 1906, the eldest child in the family of four sons and two daughters of Nathan Fortes. His grandfather left Russia as an adolescent to escape being drafted into the army and settled in ...

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Gluckman, (Herman) Max (1911–1975), social anthropologist, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 26 January 1911, the second child in the family of three sons and one daughter of Emmanuel Gluckmann, a lawyer of strong liberal views, and his wife, Kate Cohen, who was a leading personality in the Zionist movement. Proud of their Russian-Jewish background, the family, except for ...

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Kuper, Hilda Beemer (1911–1992), social anthropologist, was born in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia, on 23 August 1911, the daughter of Joseph Beemer, a Lithuanian Jew who with his brother ran a trading business in Northern Rhodesia, and his wife, Antoinette, née Renner, who was also Jewish and was from ...

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Nadel, Siegfried Ferdinand Stephan (1903–1956), social anthropologist and musicologist, was born on 24 April 1903 at Lemberg (Lwów), Galicia, Austria, the only son of the two children of Dr Moritz Nadel (b. 1871), a lawyer, and his wife, Adele Hirschsprung (1880–1955). His parents were both born at ...

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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....

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Joseph Sidney Weiner (1915–1982) by unknown photographer, early 1970s Institute of Biological Anthropology

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Weiner, Joseph Sidney (1915–1982), human biologist and environmental physiologist, was born on 29 June 1915 at Nourse Mines in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa, the second of the seven children of Robert Weiner (1885–1966), general dealer, and his wife Fanny (Chana), née Simon (1896–1978)...