From the shoulders of a giant: Perspectives on the legacy of William White Howells (1908–2005)
Article first published online: 10 NOV 2008
Copyright © 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Supplement: Yearbook of Physical Anthropology
Volume 137, Issue Supplement 47, pages 118–126, 2008
How to Cite
Godfrey, L. R. (2008), From the shoulders of a giant: Perspectives on the legacy of William White Howells (1908–2005). Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 137: 118–126. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.20951
- Issue published online: 10 NOV 2008
- Article first published online: 10 NOV 2008
- W.W. Howells;
- Earnest A. Hooton;
- biological anthropology
William White Howells was one of the intellectual giants of the discipline of biological anthropology during the twentieth century. He was a devoted student of Earnest A. Hooton; yet he played a central role in directing the discipline away from the typological thinking that infused the work of his predecessor, and toward the population perspective that characterizes the field today. An original and productive scholar with diverse interests, his influence was extraordinary not merely because of his brilliance, but also because of the kind of mentor he was. Almost two dozen graduate students, and countless others with whom he interacted in various capacities, have carried Howells' legacy into the twenty-first century. Yrbk Phys Anthropol 51:118–126, 2008. © 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc.