Prof Alfred Cort Haddon (Biographical details)
Prof Alfred Cort Haddon (anthropologist; British; Male; 1855 - 1940)
Also known as
Haddon, Alfred Cort
Alfred Cort Haddon (1855-1940) - British anthropologist and zoologist; appointed Professor of Zoology at the Royal College of Science in Dublin (1880); went to Torres Strait to study marine biology and Torres Strait Islanders customs (1888-1889); part-time lectureship in physical anthropology Cambridge; led the influential Cambridge anthropological expedition – members included Seligman (q.v.) and W. H. R. Rivers - to the Torres Strait and New Guinea 1898-1899 (published in 6 volumes 1901-35). Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge 1901; Readership in ethnology, Cambridge 1908; deputy curator Horniman Museum (1902 – 1915). Haddon’s numerous publications include ‘The Races of Man and their Distribution’ (1909), ‘History of Anthropology’ (1910), ‘The Wanderings of Peoples’ (1911), ‘We Europeans’ (1935), ‘Iban or Sea Dayak Fabrics and their patterns’ (1936), ‘Canoes of Oceania’ (1936-8), ‘Smoking and tobacco pipes in New Guinea’ (published posthumously 1946).
The British Museum's Oceanic collection has 314 objects collected and/or donated by Haddon of which 303 are from the Torres Strait Islands.
D.R.Moore, 'The Torres Straits collections of A.C.Haddon, a descriptive catalogue', London 1984
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography