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Encyclopedia > George P. Murdock

George Peter Murdock (May 11, 1897 - March 29, 1985) was a notable anthropologist. Born in Meriden, Connecticut, he received his doctorate from Yale University in 1925. During World War II, he worked on a project to develop information about the South Pacific at Columbia University for the War Department, and this study required the translation and use of German and Japanese materials. One may assume that his interest in Cross-Cultural Studies, the comparison of traits from many societies, stemmed from this work. Later, he helped establish the Human Relations Area Files at Yale University. He also taught at the University of Maryland and University of Pittsburgh. May 11 is the 131st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (132nd in leap years). ... 1897 (MDCCCXCVII) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... March 29 is the 88th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (89th in Leap years). ... This article is about the year. ... See Anthropology. ... Meriden is a city located in New Haven County, Connecticut. ... Yale University is a private university in New Haven, Connecticut. ... Combatants Allies: Poland, British Commonwealth, France/Free France, Soviet Union, United States, China, and others Axis Powers: Germany, Italy, Japan, and others Casualties Military dead: 17 million Civilian dead: 33 million Total dead: 50 million Military dead: 8 million Civilian dead: 4 million Total dead: 12 million World War II... World map showing Oceania (geographically) Oceania is a geographical (often geopolitical) region consisting of numerous countries and territories—mostly islands—in the Pacific Ocean. ... | Columbia University is a private university in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City and a member of the Ivy League. ... A not-for-profit organization, the Human Relations Area Files was founded in 1949 to provide ethnographic data from many societies for research. ... The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public university located in College Park, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., USA. As the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland, the university is most often referred to as the University of Maryland... The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related, doctoral/research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ...

His interest in collecting many cultural traits for comparative purposes led to such publications as: Atlas of World Cultures (1981), Outline of Cultural Materials (1982), and Outline of World Cultures (1983).


  • Murdock, George Peter (1949). Social Structure. New York: The MacMillan Company. ISBN 0029222907.



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