Margaret Read (anthropologist)

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Margaret Helen Read, CBE (1889–1991) was a British social anthropologist and academic, who specialised in colonial education. From 1940 to 1955, she was head of the Colonial Department of the Institute of Education, University of London.[1] She was also associated with the Colonial Office of the British Government: she acted as an advisor on education policy in the colonies, and she was the British delegate to the UNESCO General Conferences of 1946 and 1947.[2]

Selected works[edit]

  • Read, Margaret (1931). The Indian peasant uprooted: a study of the human machine. London: Longmans, Green & Co.
  • Read, Margaret (1953). Africans and Their Schools. London: Longmans, Green & Co.


  1. ^ "READ, Prof. Margaret (Helen)". Who Was Who. Oxford University Press. April 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  2. ^ Whitehead, Clive (January 2008). "Read, Margaret Helen (1889–1991)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 30 January 2017.