Clarke, William Carey

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Clarke, William Carey

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  • Dr Bill Clarke

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1929 - 2013


William Clarke graduated with a BA degree in anthropology, MA and PhD in geography from the University of California, Berkeley. Clarke began research in the Pacific Islands in 1964 as a member of a National Science Foundation research project ‘Human ecology of the New Guinea rainforest’. On the basis of his year’s research among the Maring people of the remote Simbai Valley, he wrote a PhD thesis in geography, which was later published as Place and People: An Ecology of a New Guinean Community (University of California Press, 1971). He taught for a year at the University of Hawai’i and then took up a Research Fellowship in the Department of Human Geography in the Research School of Pacific Studies at the Australian National University. He was then appointed geography professorships at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji, Monash University in Melbourne, and the University of Papua New Guinea.


United States of America; Papua New Guinea; Fiji

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academic; anthropologist; geographer

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Created by Karina Taylor on 1 June 2009; amended by Maggie Shapley 27 September 2013




Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, (accessed on 14 May 2012)

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