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Solon Toothaker Kimball

Born: Aug 12, 1909

Death: Oct 12, 1982

Birthplace: Manhattan

Nationality: United States

Solon Toothaker Kimball

Date of Birth : Aug 12, 1909
Date of Death : Oct 12, 1982
Birth Place : Manhattan

Solon Toothaker Kimball was a noted educator and anthropologist. Kimball was born and raised in Manhattan, Kansas. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1930, then received a master's degree and Ph.D in social anthropology from Harvard in 1933 and 1936. Kimball did groundbreaking anthropology work concerning family and community in rural Ireland and on the Navajo reservation in the American Southwest. Over the years, he was on the faculty of a number of universities, including the University of California, Columbia University, the University of Alabama, and the University of Florida. While in Alabama in the 1950s, Kimball studied social tension arising from racial segregation and found himself labelled an "academic radical." Kimball was a founding member of the Society for Applied Anthropology, president of the American Ethnological Society, and he was instrumental in the establishment in 1978 of the Zora Neal Hurston Fellowship Award Fund, which honors outstanding African-American graduates in the field of anthropology. Kimball was rewarded for his work with a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1966.

Also known as


  • Solon T. Kimball

Awards Won


  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Social Sciences, US & Canada
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