German-American anthropologist and a pioneer of modern anthropology who has been called the "Father of American Anthropology." He argued that culture developed historically through the interactions of groups of people and that consequently there was no process towards continuously "higher" cultural forms.
Instead of studying in Berlin, he chose to study at the University of Kiel, specifically to be closer to his family.
He taught at Columbia University, where Margaret Mead and Edward Sapir were among his students.
He got married to Marie Krackowizer Boas and had six children together.
Another famous German scientist like him is Johannes Kepler.