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Phillip Tobias

Phillip Vallentine Tobias

South African Archeologist


Born 14-10-1925

Deceased 07-06-2012 (86 years old)

Phillip Tobias is Professor Emeritus of the Witwatersrand School of Anatomical Science in Johannesburg. He represented South Africa at numerous international Scientific Congresses and Symposia. He was elected as African Representative on the Council of International Association of Human Biologists from 1977-1985. He is best known for his discovery in 1994 of Little Foot, a three million year old hominid. Tobias also played a key role in negotiating the return of the remains of Sarah Baartman with French authorities in 2002.



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Short Book - 'The Meaning of Race'

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Previous Position(s)


Visiting Professor | Institute for Vertebrate Paleontology & Palaeo-Anthropology | Chinese Academy of Science
Beijing | 2002 - 2002

Academia, Education and Training


Visiting Professor | University of Vienna
1997 - 1997

Academia, Education and Training


Visiting Professor | University of Florence
Italy | 1996 - 1996

Academia, Education and Training


Honorary Professor | Andrew D White Prof-at-large | Cornell University
United States of America | 1996 - 2002

Academia, Education and Training


Professor Emeritus | School of Anatomical Science | University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg | 1993

Academia, Education and Training


Visiting Professor | University of Pennsylvania
United States of America | 1992 - 1994

Board Director | International Society of Cryptozoology
1981 - 1993

Educational history

Secondary

Durban High School

Tertiary

University of California

Certificate of Honour

University of Witswatersrand

Completed 1950

MBBCh

University of Witswatersrand

Completed 1967

DSc.

Achievements

Awards

Hon Cross of Science & Art, First Class Award

Lexus Lifetime Achiever

UNESCO Medal

Commander Italian Order of Merit

Order of the Southern Cross (Silver Class) | 1999

Gold Medal | Simon van der Stel Foundation

Dr Ales Hrdlicka Medal

Gold Medal of Charles University

Commander, National Order of Merit

Wood Jones Medal | Royal College of Surgeons, England

Charles Darwin Lifetime Achievement Award | American Association of Physical Anthropols

Huxley Memorial Medal | Royal Anthropol Institute

Order for Meritorious Service (Gold Class)

Carmel Award of Merit | University Haifa

Paul Harris Fellow & Saphire Pin | Rotary International

First Recipient L S B Leakey Prize

Medal | Société d'Anthropologie du Sud-Ouest

Collège de France Medal

Herschel Medal | Royal Society of SA

Silver Medal | Med Association of SA

Annual Achievement Award | Institute of Human Origins

Prize for Physical Anthropol | Balzan International

Daubenton Medal Witwatersrand Med Students

Percy Fox Award

Phillip V Tobias Medal for Distinguished Teaching

Paul Harris Fellow & Saphire Pin | Rotary International

Anisfield-Wolf Award for Race Relations | Cleveland Foundation

Rivers Memorial Medal | Royal Anthropological Institute

Senior Captain Scott Memorial Medal

SA Medal

Simon Biesheuvel Medal

S L Sive Memorial Travelling Fellow

Rockefeller Fellow (to USA)

Nuffield Dominions Travelling Fellow (to Cambridge)

British Assoc Medal

Abe Bailey Travelling Scholar

Rusterholz Memorial Scholar

Shortlist and nomination

Nobel Prize

Three time nominated for his research done on the links between primates and humans.

Activities

Memberships

National Union of South Afrcian Students

President

SA Institute of Race Relations

Member

Royal Anthropological Institute

Member

Society for the Study of Human Biol

Member

International Association of Human Biologists

Acting President

American Association of Physical Anthropologists

Member

Institute of Sociology, Ethics & the Life Sciences (Hastings Centre, NY)

Acting President

Human Biology Council

Member

International Primatological Society

Acting President

World Cultural Council

Member

Permanent Council International Union Prehistoric Science

Acting President

Permanent Council Panafrican Association for PreHist & Related Studies

Member

Science & Grants Com, L S B Leakey Foundation (Calif)

Member

American Society of Naturalists

Member

World Cultural Council

Member

Anatomical Society of SA

Member

Institute for Study of Mankind in Africa

Honorary Life Member

International Union Anthropol & Ethnol Sciences

Honorary Life Member

National Museum, Bloemfontein

Honorary Life Member

Centre for Field Research (Massachusetts)

Member

Royal Society of SA (RsSA)

Honorary Fellow

Royal Society of SA (RsSA)

Honorary Fellow

American Acad of Arts & Sciences

Foreign Member

Odontological Society of SA

First Honorary Member

American Association for the Advancement of Science (Aaas)

Acting President

SA Archaelogical Society

Honorary Member

Assoc Geographical Society of Lisbon

Honorary Member

SA Association for the Advancement of Science (Saaas)

Honorary Member

Geological Society of SA (Gssa)

Honorary Member

Canadian Association of Anatomists

Honorary Member

American Association of Anatomists

Honorary Member

Anthropological Society of Vienna

Honorary Member

Anthropological Society of Paris

Honorary Member

Anatomical Society of GB & Ireland

Honorary Member

Israel Society for Anatomical Sciences

Honorary Member

Foreign Assoc: US National Acad of Science

Honorary Life Member

Frankfurt

Honorary Life Member

Senckenbergische

Honorary Life Member

Naturforschende Gesellschaft

Honorary Life Member

Germany

Honorary Life Member

Explorers Club (NY)

Fellow

CMSA

Honorary Fellow

SA Museums Assoc

Member

SA Med Assoc (Sama)

Member

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