• Born date: 1858-07-09
  • Born in: GerMany
  • Death date: 1942-12-21
  • Death in: New york
Franz Boas

Franz Uri Boas (/ˈfrɑːnz ˈboʊ.æz/; July 9, 1858 – December 21, 1942) was a German-American anthropologist and a pioneer of modern anthropology who has been called the "Father of American Anthropology".Studying in Germany, Boas received his doctorate in psychology, specializing in the psychophysics of perception, and did post-doctoral work in geography. He participated in an expedition to northern Canada where he became fascinated with the culture and language of the Baffin Island Inuit.