Marilyn Strathern (1941-)
Mistress of Girton College 1998-2009
was an undergraduate and then a research student at Girton
, before holding posts in Canberra (ANU), Port Moresby, and UC Berkeley
(visiting) before returning in the 1970s to a bye-fellowship at Girton
moved to her
first full departmental appointment in 1985 when she
took up the position of chair and head of the Social Anthropology Department at Manchester University
Papua New Guinea has been a principal area of fieldwork, from 1964 to most recently in 2006, although she
is also intrigued by developments in knowledge practices in the UK and Europe.
Initial work on gender relations led to two directions: feminist scholarship & the new reproductive technologies (1980s -1990s), and legal systems & intellectual and cultural property (1970s, 1990s-00s).
This is not the place to list publications: she
A Presidential Chair of the European Association of Social Anthropologists
, former Trustee of the National Museums & Galleries
on Merseyside, and an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College
was knighted in 2001.
The year 2007-8 was her last in the Faculty of Archaeology and Anthropology where she had been William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology since 1993.
She was elected lifetime President of the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth in 2008.
has the strongest possible Girton connections.
In 2001, Professor Strathern
was created DBE.
In addition, she
has received numerous national and international awards which include membership of learned societies (FBA 1987), honorary degrees, and medals.
It is inappropriate to list them here but mention should be made of the award of the Viking Fund Medal
by the International Wenner-Gren Foundation
in 2003, which recognised that through her
research, mentoring and service to the profession she
had achieved 'high distinction' and had 'transformed the discipline', and of the Huxley Memorial medal, bestowed by the Royal Anthropological Institute
for lifetime achievement at the highest level.