Franz Boas’ Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

July 9, 1858

Death Date

December 21, 1942

Age of Death

84 years

Cause of Death


Place of Death

Columbia University Club of New York, New York, United States



The anthropologist Franz Boas died at the age of 84. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

German-American anthropologist and a pioneer of modern anthropology who has been called the “Father of American Anthropology.” He argued that culture developed historically through the interactions of groups of people and that consequently there was no process towards continuously “higher” cultural forms.

Instead of studying in Berlin, he chose to study at the University of Kiel, specifically to be closer to his family.

He taught at Columbia University, where Margaret Mead and Edward Sapir were among his students.

He got married to Marie Krackowizer Boas and had six children together.

Another famous German scientist like him is Johannes Kepler.



It is our task to inquire into the causes that have brought about the observed differentiation, and to investigate the sequence of events that have led to the establishment of the multifarious forms of human life.

Franz Boas

Remember that in every single case in history the process of adaptation has been one of exceeding slowness. Do not look for the impossible, but do not let your path deviate from the quiet and steadfast insistence on full opportunities for your powers.

Franz Boas

In other words, we are interested in the anatomical and mental characteristics of men living under the same biological, geographical, and social environment, and as determined by their past.

Franz Boas

We do not discuss the anatomical, physiological, and mental characteristics of man considered as an individual; but we are interested in the diversity of these traits in groups of men found in different geographical areas and in different social classes.

Franz Boas

I object to teaching of slogans intended to befog the mind, of whatever kind they may be.

Franz Boas