Prof Alfred Cort Haddon (Biographical details)

Prof Alfred Cort Haddon (anthropologist; scientist/engineer; British; Male; 1855 - 1940)

Also known as

Haddon, Alfred Cort


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).


D.R.Moore, 'The Torres Straits collections of A.C.Haddon, a descriptive catalogue', London 1984
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography