Ivan van Sertima

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Birthday
26, 1935
Birthplace
Guyana
Death Date
May 25, 2009 (74)
Birth Sign
Aquarius
Birthday
26, 1935
Birthplace
Guyana
Death Date
May 25, 2009 (74)

About

Most famous for his 1976 work They Came Before Columbus (which poses an alternate theory of the origins of the Mexican Olmec people), this controversial Africana Studies scholar also founded, published and edited the Journal of African Civilizations.

Before Fame

After studying creative writing and African languages and literature at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, he worked as a journalist. He later entered graduate school at Rutgers University in New Jersey, U.S.A.

Trivia

After leaving his native British Guiana, he settled permanently in the United States and taught in the Africana Studies Department at Rutgers University.

Family Life

With his first wife, Maria Nagy, he adopted two sons. Through his second marriage, to Jacqueline Patten, he acquired two stepdaughters.

Associated With

Throughout his career, he studied civilizations that existed in the Americas prior to explorer Christopher Columbus' expedition to a world previously unknown to Europeans.