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date: 05 March 2021

Radin, Paullocked

(02 April 1883–21 February 1959)
  • M. Suzanne Evertsen Lundquist


Radin, Paul (02 April 1883–21 February 1959), anthropologist and ethnographer, was born in Lodz, Poland, the son of Dr. Adolph M. Radin, a rabbi, and Johanna Theodor. Radin’s father, a scholar of Hebrew as well as other ancient and modern languages, was a liberal rabbi active in reform movements. Radin inherited his father’s aptitude for languages, scholarship, and radical thinking. The family immigrated to New York from Europe in 1884. Radin’s undergraduate career at the College of the City of New York began when he was fourteen and ended at age nineteen. He then attended graduate and postgraduate school at Columbia and also studied at universities in Berlin, Munich, Florence, and Paris. Between 1905 and 1907 he often interrupted his formal training to wander about Europe cultivating his ethical, intellectual, and personal growth. He spent time in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Czechoslovakia. During his studies at the University of Berlin in 1906, Radin published his first ethnographic paper, “Zur Netztechnik der Südamerikanischen Indianer,” in the ...

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