Sir Raymond William

Sir Raymond William

Firth, Sir Raymond William, 1901-2002, British social anthropologist, b. Auckland, New Zealand. He was educated at Auckland Univ. and studied with Bronislaw Malinowski at the London School of Economics (Ph.D., 1927). He did much research in the Pacific, focusing chiefly on social organization and economic systems. From 1932 he taught anthropology at the London School of Economics, becoming a full professor in 1944. He retired from teaching in 1968 but continued research and writing. He was knighted in 1973. His works include Economics of the New Zealand Maori (1929, 2d ed. 1959), We, the Tikopia (1936, 2d ed. 1957), Human Types (1938, rev. ed. 1957), Social Change in Tikopia (1959), and Symbols: Public and Private (1973).
The Sir John William Dawson Medal is an award of the Royal Society of Canada, established in 1985 for "important and sustained contributions by one individual in at least two different domains". It is named in honour of John William Dawson and is awarded bi-annually. The award consists of a silver medal and a cash award of CAD $2,500.

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