Albert Jenks

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Albert Jenks
Albert Jenks portrait.jpg
Born Nov 28, 1869
Ionia, Michigan
Died 1953
Nationality United States
Fields Economics, Sociology, Anthropology
Institutions University of Minnesota
Alma mater University of Wisconsin-Madison (PhD in Economics)
Thesis  (1899)
Known for Identification of Minnesota Woman

Albert Ernest Jenks (1869–1953) was an American anthropologist and a professor at the University of Minnesota.[1] He was known for his work in historical anthropological studies on rice cultivation,[2] the development of hominids,[3] and his identification of the skeletal remains of Minnesota Woman, 8,000-year old human remains found near Pelican Rapids, Minnesota.[4] He joined the United States Bureau of Ethnology in 1901 and served in the U.S. colonial government of the Philippines from 1902 to 1905. In this capacity, he was involved in the exhibition of Bontoc Igorot people at the 1904 Louisiana Universal Exposition in St. Louis (St. Louis World's Fair).[5] The collection of Bontoc objects that he assembled for the Exposition was purchased by the American Museum of Natural History in New York.[6] He joined the faculty of the University of Minnesota in 1906 as a member of the Department of Sociology. He was promoted to full professor in 1907 and served as chair of the sociology department from 1915 until 1918. In 1918, he was a founder of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota and he served as the chair of that department until his retirement in 1936.[7][8]


  1. ^ Parkin, David; Ulijaszek, Stanley (2011-06-02). Holistic Anthropology: Emergence and Convergence. Berghahn Books. pp. 142–. ISBN 9780857451521. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Walker, Rachel Elena Durkee (2008). Wild Rice: The Dynamics of Its Population Cycles and the Debate Over Its Control at the Minnesota Legislature. ProQuest. pp. 3–. ISBN 9780549687450. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Jenks, Albert Ernest (1936) Pleistocene Man in Minnesota: A Fossil HomoSapiens. Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press.
  4. ^ "Minnesota Man: A Response to a Review by Dr. Ales Hrdlicka," American Anthropologist 40 (2): 328-336.
  5. ^ Jenks, Albert Ernest (1905). The Bontoc Igorot. Manila: Bureau of Public Printing.
  6. ^ Brady, Tim (2008). Primitive Thinking. Minnesota Alumni Magazine (accessed 30 April 2013)
  7. ^ University of Minnesota Department of Anthropology. Academic Anthropology (accessed 30 April 2013)
  8. ^ Smithsonian Institution Archives:!siarchives&uri=full=3100001~!289405~!0#focus

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