Sir Edward Burnett Tylor

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Edward Burdett Tylor was one of the first British anthropologists, writing an important study of the cultures of ancient Mexico and three volumes which did much to establish the basis for anthropology as an intellectual discipline.

Tylor was born in London on 2 October 1832 and studied at Quaker schools until he was 16, then joined the family business of brass founders. Given the mineralogical needs of the family business, and the intellectual inclinations which ran in his family, it is perhaps less remarkable that Edward’s elder brother Alfred (1824-1888) managed to became a distinguished geologist and metallurgist, and contributed geomorphological papers to the understanding of river flows and deposits, and changes in sea-…

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Clark, Robert. "Sir Edward Burnett Tylor". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 March 2009
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