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Franz Boas

Franz Boas (1858–1942) trained as a physicist in Germany but changed to native peoples,  especially the Northwest Coast, after a time in the Canadian Arctic. After working at the Field Museum in Chicago and the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, directing the Jesup North Pacific Expedition, he established academic anthropology at Columbia University, where he recruited Herman Karl Haeberlin from Germany. Boas was ousted from both museums under painful circumstances beyond his own control, going on to train generations of professional anthropologists to carry his mission forward.