Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Claire Smith

Tobias, Phillip V.

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-0465-2_739

Basic Biographical Information

Phillip Vallentine Tobias was a South African paleoanthropologist and human biologist. He was born in Durban, South Africa, in 1925 to Joseph Newman Tobias and Fanny (née) Rosendorff. His father was a toyshop owner and his mother was a piano teacher. Tobias was fascinated by natural history from a young age. His wolf-cub scout leader introduced him to osteology and anatomy. His interests in genetics, zoology, and archaeology followed from frequent visits to the Durban Natural History Museum during his teenage years.

Tobias entered the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in 1942, where he earned B.Sc. and B.Sc. Honours degrees (1946, 1947), the medical degrees M.B., B.Ch. (1950), and a Ph.D. (1953) in cytogenetics under the tutelage of Joseph Gillman. He then held fellowships to continue his work at Cambridge University (1955) and various academic institutions in the United States (1956). After his return to South Africa, Tobias was mentored by Raymond...

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Further Reading

  1. Conroy, G.C. 1997. Presentation of the lifetime achievement award at the annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Speech transcribed in American Journal of Physical Anthropology 104: 541-543.Google Scholar
  2. Grine, F.E. & P.S. Ungar. 2012. Phillip Vallentine Tobias, October 14, 1925 – June 7, 2012. Evolutionary Anthropology 21: 127-129.Google Scholar
  3. Tobias, P.V. 2003. Twenty questions about human evolution. Human Evolution 18: 9-63.Google Scholar
  4. - 2005. Into the past: a memoir. Johannesburg: Picador Africa.Google Scholar
  5. Ungar, P.S. & P.V. Tobias. 2012. Academic genealogy, in S. C. Reynolds & A. Gallagher (ed.) African genesis: perspectives on hominin evolution: 19-41. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  6. Wood, B. 2012. Phillip Vallentine Tobias (1925–2012). Journal of Human Evolution 63: 759-763.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of ArkansasFayettevilleUSA