Volume 58 1949 > Volume 58, No. 4 > New anthropology chair at Auckland, p 198
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Dr. Ralph O'Reilly Piddington, of Edinburgh University, has accepted appointment to the newly-established chair of anthropology at Auckland University College.

He is expected to arrive in New Zealand toward the end of 1950.

It is understood that the department, which may provide for research as well as university work, will be started at the beginning of 1951.

Dr. Piddington was born in Australia and is 43. He graduated M.A. with first-class honours in anthropology and psychology from Sydney University, and after winning a Fellowship to the Psychological Clinic, University of Hawaii, studied in the United States under a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship.

In 1938 he was appointed a lecturer in anthropology and keeper of the anthropology museum at the University of Aberdeen. During the war his service took him to New Guinea. He was later instructor in anthropology at the School of Civic Affairs, and since 1946 he has been a reader in social anthropology at the University of Edinburgh.

He has published a number of studies, including excellent work on Oceania.