Famous cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead had a full and productive career before dying of pancreatic cancer in 1978, shortly before her 77th birthday.
Facts About Margaret Mead's Life
- Margaret Mead was born in Philadelphia in 1901.
- Her early life involved self-exploration and a search for religious expression; she eventually settled on the Episcopalian Church, and was a respected and prominent member for the duration of her life.
- Mead was very well known for her work; aside from completing research, she was also a prolific speaker and writer.
- She received a PhD from Columbia University
- She served as an executive secretary on the National Research Council’s Committee on Food Habits during World War II.
- She worked as a curator at the American Museum of Natural History
- She was a professor at various east coast universities.
- She was president of the American Anthropological Association in 1960, and held numerous positions in various other national science organizations.
Margaret Mead's Research
No explanation of Mead's life would be complete without some details on her research:
- Margaret Mead’s research was focused largely on child-rearing and its relation to culture and society.
- Her research and writings were a large part of the cultural revolution of the 1960s era. She challenged many traditional values and beliefs of the western world by forcing people to examine their own accepted, unexplored assumptions about topics ranging from sex to religion.
In her 77 year lifespan she had many accomplishments and was a valuable contributor to the culture as an anthropologist.