Profession: Cultural Anthropologist
Why Famous: A popularizer of the insights of anthropology into modern American and Western culture, she was a respected and often controversial academic anthropologist. Her reports about the attitudes towards sex in South Pacific and Southeast Asian traditional cultures shaped the 1960s sexual revolution.
- 1923-09-03 Cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead (21) weds field archaeologist Luther Cressman (25)
- 1925-08-31 Anthropologist Margaret Mead first arrives in Samoa
- 1979-01-19 US President Jimmy Carter announces he is awarding Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously to anthropologist Margaret Mead
- "Children must be taught how to think, not what to think."