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Dr. Ales Hrdlicka

Nature volume 150, page 18 (04 July 1942) | Download Citation



THE retirement of Dr. Ales Hrdlicka from the curatorship of the Division of Physical Anthropology in the National Museum, Washington, which he has held for almost forty years, is an event which no scientific journal can leave unnoted. Under him there has grown up in the National Museum one of the greatest-if not the greatest-collections of anthropological material in all the world ; he is founder and leader of the enterprising school of physical anthropology which now flourishes in the United States. Born in Czechoslovakia in 1869, he was still a youth when his family emigrated to the United States ; there he became a student of medicine and it was through the medical portal he entered upon the anthropological problems of the human body. On the anniversary of his seventieth birthday a list of his contributions to anthropology was compiled ; they are now more than three hundred in number, covering every aspect of his subject, every one of them making a factual addition to a particular department of knowledge.

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