Marilyn Strathern

Dame
Marilyn Strathern
DBE
BornAnn Marilyn Evans
(1941-03-06) 6 March 1941 (age 77)
Wales, United Kingdom
ResidenceUnited Kingdom
CitizenshipBritish
Alma materGirton College
Scientific career
FieldsSocial anthropology
InstitutionsGirton College
Trinity College
Columbia University
University of California, Berkeley
Manchester University
ThesisWomen's status in the Mount Hagen area: a study of marital relations and court disputes among the Melpa-speaking people, New Guinea (1969)
Doctoral advisorPaula Brown Glick
Esther N. Goody

Dame Ann Marilyn Strathern, DBE (née Evans; born 6 March 1941)[1] is a British anthropologist, who has worked largely with the natives of Papua New Guinea and dealt with issues in the UK of reproductive technologies.[2] She was William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge from 1993 to 2008, and Mistress of Girton College, Cambridge from 1998 to 2009.

Early life

Marilyn Strathern was born to Eric Evans and Joyce Evans in North Wales on 6 March 1941.[2][3] She married fellow anthropologist Andrew Strathern in 1965 and they had three children together before ending their marriage. Her first formal education experience was at Crofton Lane Primary School, followed by her attendance at Bromley High School. Strathern excelled academically, in part thanks to support and guidance from her mother, a teacher by trade.[2] Following school, she enrolled in Girton College to study Archaeology and Anthropology. She then became a research student there[4] and went on to obtain her PhD in 1968.[3]

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