SELIGMANN, Charles Gabriel. London 24.12.1873 — 19.1.1940. British Anthropologist. Originally a physician, soon interested in anthropology. Son of Herman S., a wine merchant, and Olivian Mendez da Costa, educated at St.Paul’s school. Studied pathology in London, physician 1897 Interested in tropical diseases joined 1898 an anthropological expedition to New Guinea and now took anthropology. Second expedition to New Guinea 1904. Married 1907 Brenda Zara Salaman, with whom he then collaborated. In 1907-08 they were in Ceylon at government invitation and studied Veddas. Later fieldwork in Sudan (1909-12, 1921-22). From 1910 Lecturer and 1913 Professor of Ethnology at London School of Economics (part-time). Retired in 1934 because of ill health and disagreements with Bronislav Malinowski.
Publications: with Brenda Z. Seligmann: The Veddas. 19+463 p. 71 ill. Cambridge 1911.
– Much on New Guinea, Africa, etc.
Sources: *M. Fortes, Man 41, 1941, 1-6 ; *Who Was Who 1929-1940 ; http://freemasonry.london.museum/it/wp-content/resources/frs_freemasons_complete_jan2010.pdf ; www.jewage.org/wiki/he/Article:Charles_Gabriel_Seligman_-_Biography; www.britishmuseum.org/research/search_the_collection_database/term_details.aspx?bioId=92938.
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