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Biographical entry Warner, William Lloyd (1898 - 1970)

25 October 1898
Colton, California, United States of America
23 May 1970
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America


William Warner worked in north-east Arnhem Land during 1927-1929, based at Milingimbi Methodist Mission. He became celebrated for his exposition of the system of kinship and marriage among the various clans of his so-called Murngin people. His findings stimulated the 'Murngin controversy', a voluminous dialogue to which distinguished anthropologists still contribute.



Education - Educated University of California, Berkeley (AB)
1925 - 1926
Career position - Rockefeller Foundation Fellow at the University of Sydney
1927 - 1929
Award - Australian National Research Council Fellowship
1929 - 1935
Career position - Lecturer in Anthropology, Sociology and Social Ethics at Harvard University, USA
1935 - 1941
Career position - Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago, USA
1941 - 1959
Career position - Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago
Career position - Founded Social Research Inc. - a motivational research firm
1959 -
Career position - Professor of Social Research at Michigan State University, USA

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Hamby, Louise, 'The Reluctant Collector: Lloyd Warner' in The Makers and Making of Indigenous Australian Museum Collections, Peterson, Nicolas, Allen, Lindy and Hamby, Louise, eds (Carlton: Melbourne University Press, 2008), pp. 355-82. Details
  • Mulvaney, D. J., 'Warner, William Lloyd (1898-1970), Anthropologist and Sociologist' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, John Ritchie, ed., vol. 12 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1990), pp. 386-387. Details


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