February 16, 1997
Henry Margenau, 96, a retired professor of physics and natural science who became an expert on microwave theory, died on Feb. 8 in Hamden, Conn. A member of the Yale University faculty for 41 years, his theories on the properties of light as it passed through a prism were used to analyze fireballs created in hydrogen bomb tests. In World War II, his work on microwave theory helped lead to technology used in transmitting and receiving radar signals.Conrad M. Arensberg, 86, a pioneering scholar who helped shift the focus of anthropology from the study of exotic primitive peoples to the examination of complex modern societies, died on Monday at a nursing home in Hazlet, N.J. He had been professor of anthropology at Columbia University from 1953 until his retirement in 1980.
August 9, 1997
Martin Diskin,62, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology anthropology professor who worked for social reform in the Latin American nations he studied, died Sunday of leukemia in Cambridge, Mass.Paul W. Williams,94, who served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York and as special assistant attorney general of New York, died Monday in North Palm Beach, Fla.Joan Erikson,95, who helped refine the prevailing psychological view of human development through a six-decade collaboration with her husband, Erik Erikson, died Sunday in Harwich, Mass.
July 4, 2001
NO MORE FINGER FOODS At The History of Eating Utensils at www.calacademy.org / research / anthropology / utensil / index.html. The anthropology department at the California Academy of Sciences has one of the largest collections of utensils, with more than 1,700 items. Chopsticks, one of the earliest eating utensils, were first used more than 5,000 years ago. Discover the many uses of knives and how they've changed from straight, pointed instruments to modern dinner knives. Last, check out the portable silverware used by nomads, from pocket forks to modern nesting cutlery sets.
July 22, 2007
ANTONIO CARLOS PEIXOTO DE MAGALHAES, 79 Brazilian politician Sen. Antonio Carlos Peixoto de Magalhaes, one of Brazil's most influential politicians who held onto power as the country came under a military dictatorship and returned to democracy, died Friday of multiple organ failure after being hospitalized last week, the Sao Paulo Heart Institute said. Mr. Magalhaes had a devoted following in his home state of Bahia, where he served three terms as governor and represented the state for three terms in the Senate.
September 2, 2001
Fiction embraces anthropology, opening a path into unfamiliar cultures. It discovers how history has transformed societies and peoples. At times, novels live at the level of anthropology: exposing the minutiae of manners and morals. At its best, fiction interprets, illuminates and weighs the value and the cost of how people choose to live. Shanghai Baby by Wei Hui (Pocket books, 263 pages, $24) straddles the boundary between novel and anthropological document. Banned in China, a best seller in Tokyo, it reveals a Shanghai of drug-taking, black-clad hipsters whose noisy club life would shake Chairman Mao in his tomb.
November 12, 2003
NEW YORK - Petra, that Jordanian "rose-red city half as old as time," is a spectacular place where a narrow, dark ravine suddenly opens into a vista of massive temples with Hellenic columns and pediments carved into red sandstone cliffs. It was the capital of the Nabateans, whose sophisticated trading culture flourished from the first century B.C. to the third century A.D., then vanished. "It's truly awe-inspiring," said Craig Morris, co-curator of a major exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History, Petra: Lost City of Stone, which is to opened recently.