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Dr. Margaret Mead
Margaret Mead was born on December 16, 1901, in Philadelphia. Out of five children, there were four girls, her being the oldest
Was mostly home-schooled with her mom and grandma who taught her to watch and take notes about people around her and practiced on her brother and sisters. She went to college in 1919 at DePauw University in Indiana to major in English, but felt out of place. So she dropped out of DePauw and went to Barnard College and decided to major anthropology,after she met Franz Boas and Ruth Benedict. They were the leading anthropologists in that day. She graduated college in 1923.
Later Life and Death
After college, Margaret Mead married Luther Cressman. She soon started to work to be a minister, and got her Master’s Degree in 1924
She wanted to know if women on Samoa felt like Americans do. So she went there in 1925 and stayed until 1926. During her time there, she lived with them and began to understand them. In 1928, when she was 27, she published
Coming of Age in Samoa
. She died on November 15, 1978 in New York, of pancreatic cancer.
Field of Study
Margaret Mead’s field of study was Cultural Anthropology. Cultural Anthropology is the study of mankind. An example might be: An anthropologist might go to Egypt and stay for a few weeks and study their culture and ways.
Mead’s discovery happened very far away in Samoa, an independent country close to New Zealand. She discovered that all of America’s thoughts of women being incapable, and our want of war are completely learned, and aren’t existent anywhere in Samoa.
"Margaret Mead (1901
Hutchinson Dictionary of Science Biographies
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Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 2013. Web. 19 Sep. 2013. <
A To Z Of Women In Science And Math.
New York: Facts on File, 1999. Print.
New York: Chelsea House, 1990. Print.
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