Ashley Montagu

(Montague Francis Ashley-Montagu)

Ashley Montagu
Ashley Montagu
  • Born: June 28, 1905
  • Died: November 26, 1999
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Scientist









Montague Francis Ashley-Montagu, previously known as Israel Ehrenberg, was a British-American anthropologist who popularized the study of topics such as race and gender and their relation to politics and development. He was the rapporteur, in 1950, for the UNESCO statement "The Race Question". As a young man he changed his name from Ehrenberg to "Montague Francis Ashley-Montagu". After relocating to the United States he used the name "Ashley Montagu". Montagu, who became a naturalized American citizen in 1940, taught and lectured at Harvard, Princeton, Rutgers, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and New York University. He authored over sixty books throughout this lifetime. In 1995, the American Humanist Association named him the Humanist of the Year.

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Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The natural superiority of women is a biological fact, and a socially acknowledged reality. Women ;Minorities & Women
By virtue of being born to humanity, every human being has a right to the development and fulfillment of his potentialities as a human being.
Girls marry for love. Boys marry because of a chronic irritation that causes them to gravitate in the direction of objects with certain curvilinear properties. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Hell has been described as a pocket edition of Chicago.
Human beings are the only creatures who are able to behave irrationally in the name of reason.
It is work, work that one delights in, that is the surest guarantor of happiness. But even here it is a work that has to be earned by labor in one's earlier years. One should labor so hard in youth that everything one does subsequently is easy by comparison. Happiness & Unhappiness ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
One goes through school, college, medical school and one's internship learning little or nothing about goodness but a good deal about success. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Success
The cultured man is an artist, an artist in humanity.
The deepest personal defeat suffered by human beings is constituted by the difference between what one was capable of becoming and what one has in fact become.
The doctor has been taught to be interested not in health but in disease. What the public is taught is that health is the cure for disease. Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The idea is to die young as late as possible. Death
The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us. Happiness & Unhappiness
The principal contributor to loneliness in this country is television. What happens is that the family 'gets together' alone. Families, Children & Parenting
There have been some medical schools in which somewhere along the assembly line, a faculty member has informed the students, not so much by what he said but by what he did, that there is an intimate relation between curing and caring. Health, Healthcare & Medicine