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Sir Edmund Ronald Leach
Born (1910-11-07)7 November 1910
Sidmouth, England
Died 6 January 1989(1989-01-06) (aged 78)
Cambridge, England
Nationality British
Fields social anthropology
Institutions Burma Army
London School of Economics
Cambridge University
Alma mater Cambridge University
Doctoral advisor Bronisław Malinowski
Raymond Firth
Doctoral students Fredrik Barth
Known for Ethnographic work in Sarawak and Burma
Theories of social structure and cultural change
Kinship as ideal systems
Disagreement with French structuralist Claude Lévi-Strauss[1]
Influences Claude Lévi-Strauss
Notable awards Provost of King’s College (1966–1979)
Chairman of Association of Social Anthropologists (1966–1970)
President of the Royal Anthropological Institute (1971–1975)
President of British Humanist Association (1970)
Knighted (1973)
Trustee of the British Museum (1975–1980)[2]

Far from being the basis of the good society, the family, with its narrow privacy and tawdry secrets, is the source of all our discontents.
Edmund Leach
Men do not have to cook their food; they do so for symbolic reasons to show they are men and not beasts.
Edmund Leach
The violence in the world comes about because we human beings are forever creating barriers between men who are like us and men who are not like us.
Edmund Leach