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Charles Gabriel Seligman

Charles Gabriel Seligman
Born 24 December 1873
Died 19 September 1940
Nationality British
Fields ethnology
Institutions Cambridge
University of London
Alma mater St. Thomas' Hospital

Charles Gabriel Seligman (24 December 1873 – 19 September 1940) was a British ethnologist. Born in London, Seligman studied medicine at St. Thomas' Hospital.

After several years as a physician and pathologist, Seligman volunteered his services to the 1898 Cambridge University expedition to the Torres Strait.[1] Later, he joined expeditions to New Guinea (1904), Ceylon (1906-1908), and Sudan (1909-1912, again in 1921-1922). In 1905 he married Brenda Zara Salaman, who accompanied him on many of his expeditions and who he credited in his publications.

He served as chair of Ethnology at the University of London from 1913 to 1934.

Selected works

  • Melanesians of British New Guinea (1910)
  • The Veddas (1911)
  • Races of Africa (1930)
  • The Pagan Tribes of Nilotic Sudan (1932)


  1. ^ Ian Langham (1981). The building of British social anthropology: W. H. R. Rivers and his Cambridge disciples in the development of kinship studies. London: Reidel. 

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