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Alfred Louis Kroeber (1876-1960)

Alfred Louis Kroeber (1876-1960)

Kroeber was born in New Jersey and studied English as an undergraduate at Columbia University. Inspired by a linguistics class taught by Franz Boas, he received Columbia’s first Ph. D. in anthropology in 1901. David Starr Jordan, president of Stanford, gave Kroeber a temporary job at the California Academy of Sciences, providing his first opportunity for field study of California ethnology. Upon Boas’s recommendation, in July 1901, Hearst recruited Kroeber as the first employee of the department she intended to give the University.

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