HODSON, Thomas Callan. London 12.12.1871 — Salisbury 25.1.1953. British Anthropologist. Professor in Cambridge. Son of Arthur H., of Royal Navy, educated at Christ’s Hospital. In 1894 joined I.C.S., served in Bengal, Assam and Manipur, retired in 1901 because of health problems. In 1903-14 Registrar of East London College (University of London). In 1914-20 served in France. In 1921-23 Principal of Thornsey Training College. In 1926-32 Reader of Ethnography at Cambridge and 1932-37 William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology there. Wasted much of his energy to racial theories. Married 1903 Kathleen Elfrida Manby, two sons and two daughters.
Publications: The Meitheis. 17+227 p. L. 1908; The Nāga Tribes of Manipur. 13+212 p. L. 1911.
– Thado Grammar. 6+104 p. Shillong 1905.
– “Mortuary ritual and eschatological beliefs among the Hill tribes of Assam”, Archiv f. Rel.wiss. 12, 1909, 447-459.
– Primitive Culture of India. 133 p. L. 1932; Languages, Customs and Religions of India. 19??; India: Census Ethnography, 1901-1931. 5+118 p. Delhi 1937.
– Articles in E.R.E., JRAnthrInst, Folk-Lore, etc.
Sources: Who Was Who 1951–1960; Wikipedia (concentrates on his racial ideas, no details on life); stray notes in Internet.
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