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Melvin Konner

Melvin Konner, American anthropologist, educator, writer. Witness testifying United States Senate Subcommittee Education & Labor, Washington, 1993; witness offering testimony United States Senate Committee Finance, 1994.

Background

  • Konner, Melvin was born on August 30, 1946 in Brooklyn. Son of Irving and Hannah Levin Konner.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Bklyn College, City University of New York, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Anthropology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1973. Doctor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, 1985.

    Career

    • Assistant, associate professor Harvard University, 1975—1980. Professor, Samuel Candler Dobbs professor Emory University, Atlanta, since 1983. Chair, department anthropology Emory University, 1983—1987.

      Trustee Russell Sage Foundation, New York City, 2000—2010.

    Works

    • Author: (book) The Tangled Wing: Biological Constraints on the Human Spirit, 2nd edition, 2002 (Nominee, American Book award, 1982), The Evolution of Childhood: Relationships, Emotion, Mind, Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medical School (Georgia Author of the Year award, 1988), Why the Reckless Survive, and Other Secrets of Human Nature. Co-author: The Paleolithic Prescription. Author: Childhood: A Multicultural Approach (tied to a Public Broadcasting Service series), Medicine at the Crossroads, Dear America: A Concerned Doctor Wants You to Know the Truth About Health Reform, (book) Unsettled: An Anthropology of the Jews, The Jewish Body.

      Contributor articles to professional journals, columns in newspapers.

    Membership

    Witness testifying United States Senate Subcommittee Education & Labor, Washington, 1993. Witness offering testimony United States Senate Committee Finance, 1994.

    Personality

    Interests

    Sailing, skiing, travel, poetry.

    Connections

    • Married Ann Cale Kruger, February 26, 2005. 1 stepchild Logan Kruger. Married Marjorie Shostak, June 23, 1968 (deceased October 6, 1996).

      Children: Susanna, Adam, Sarah.
    • father: Irving Konner
    • mother: Hannah Levin Konner
    • spouses: Ann Cale Kruger
    • Marjorie Shostak
    • children: Susanna Konner
    • Adam Konner
    • Sarah Konner
    Melvin Konner
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    Born August 30, 1946
    (age 71)
    Nationality
    • 1966
      Bklyn College
    • 1973
      Harvard University
    • 1985
      Harvard Medical School
    • 1975 - 1980
      Assistant, professor Harvard University
    • 1975 - 1980
      associate, professor Harvard University
    • 1983
      professor, Emory University
      Atlanta, North-West, South Africa
    • 1983
      Samuel Candler Dobbs professor, Emory University
      Atlanta, North-West, South Africa