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Sir James George Frazer (1854-1941), Social anthropologist and classical scholar
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Social anthropologist and classical scholar, Frazer is best known for his multi-volume work The Golden Bough (1890-1915), which drew upon a mass of data from all parts of the world to trace the evolution of human institutions through 'successive stages of Magic, Religion and Science'. The work was a bestseller, and Frazer is one of the most significant exponents of secularism in the twentieth century. In 1908 Frazer was named the first chair of social anthropology in Britain, at the University of Liverpool, and in 1914 he received a knighthood for his contributions to the science of anthropology.