Tobias, Phillip V.
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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