Reo Fortune

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Reo Franklin Fortune (27 March 1903–1979) was a New Zealand social anthropologist. Originally trained as a psychologist, Fortune was a lecturer in social anthropology at the Cambridge University, and a specialist in Melanesian language and culture.[1] He was married to Margaret Mead, with whom he undertook field studies in New Guinea, from 1928 to 1935.[2]

He is also known for his contribution to mathematics with his study of Fortunate numbers in number theory.[3] Fortune provided significant insights into the consequences of matrilateral and patrilateral cross-cousin marriage in advance of work by Claude Levi-Strauss.


  1. ^ "EBSCOhost Connection: `Being Honest to my Science': Reo Fortune and J.H.P. Murray, 1927-30(n1).". Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  2. ^ Adam, Kuper (1994). The Chosen Primate: Human Nature and Cultural Diversity. Harvard University Press. pp. 186–189. ISBN 0-674-12826-5. 
  3. ^ "Fortunate number". The Prime Glossary. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 

Further reading[edit]

  • "Reo FORTUNE (1903-1979)", Canberra Anthropology 3:105-108.

Abrahams, R. and H. Wardle. 2002. "Fortune's Last Theorem" 23:1, 60-2