Seligman, C. G. (Charles Gabriel), 1873-1940

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Charles Seligman, 1873-1940, was educated at St Paul's School. He qualified as a doctor and became Director of the Clinical Laboratory at St Thomas's hospital, and also treated shellshock victims during World War One. He became interested in tropical diseases and it was for this reason that he went on his first expedition to Borneo and the Torres Straits. Whilst there, he developed an interest in anthropology and the rest of his life was devoted to this discipline. He also attempted to combine disciplines, using psychology to explain anthropological problems. He first taught at the London School of Economics in 1910, and was appointed to the Chair of Ethnology of the University of London in 1913, the first of its kind at the University. He retired in 1934, and was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor. Brenda Seligman, d 1960, accompanied her husband on anthropological expeditions and published material in her own right. Like her husband she acquired her knowledge of anthropology whilst working in the field. She was particularly interested in kinship and the lives of women and children.

From the guide to the SELIGMAN, Brenda Zara, d 1960, and SELIGMAN, Charles Gabriel, 1873-1940, anthropologists, 1890-1975, (British Library of Political and Economic Science)

Anthropologist and medical doctor. In 1898 he went to New Guinea with the Cambridge Torres Strait expedition. In 1904 he returned to New Guinea as part of an expedition financed by Major Cook-Daniels.

From the description of On the morbid conditions met with among the natives of British New Guinea [manuscript] : a study in the evolution of disease / C. G. Seligmann. [1904-1908] (Libraries Australia). WorldCat record id: 225807648

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associatedWith Charles Gabriel Seligman person
associatedWith Malinowski, Bronislaw, 1884-1942. person
associatedWith Munro, Neil Gordon, 1863-1942 person
associatedWith Pim, G. person
correspondedWith Rothenstein, William, Sir, 1872-1945 person
associatedWith Seligman, Brenda Z. Salaman. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Malaysia South East Asia
Sudan East Africa
Japan East Asia
South Pacific
Cape York Peninsula (Qld SC54, SD54, SD55)
China East Asia
Indonesia South East Asia
Raffles Bay / Fort Wellington (West Arnhem Land NT SC53-13)
Pacific Ocean
Sri Lanka South Asia
Torres Strait Oceania
Papua New Guinea Oceania
Ethnic groups
International conflict
Religious groups
Ceramic art
Language--Vocabulary--Word lists
Women scientists
Iwaidja / Yiwayja / Yiwadya people (N39) (NT SC53-13)
Iwaidja / Yiwayja / Yiwadya language (N39) (NT SC53-13)
Shell shock
Papuans--Health and hygiene
Torres Strait Islanders--Physiology
World War One (1914-1918)
World wars (events)
Wuthathi language (Y10) (Qld SC54-16)
Mental diseases
Anxiety disorders
Post-traumatic stress disorder
Wars (events)
Plastic arts
Wuthathi people (Y10) (Qld SC54-16)
Melanesians--Health and hygiene
Torres Strait Islanders--Health and hygiene


Birth 1873-12-24

Death 1940-09-19





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