The Honourable Michael Garfield Smith OM
(1921 - 1993) was a Jamaican poet
and social anthropologist
. Smith was the son of a descendant of English army officers and merchants, and his mother a 'coloured' nurse who died in childbirth. Smith served as Franklin M. Crosby Professor Emeritus of the Human Environment at Yale University
. He also served as Senior Research Fellow at the Research Institute for the Study of Man, and the Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of the West Indies
(Jamaica); Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Los Angeles
; and as Professor and Head of the Department of Anthropology, University College, London
where he was one of the first professors of colour in Anthropology.
Born in Jamaica, Professor Smith was educated at Jamaica College
, one of the island's leading secondary schools, and at McGill University
and University College, London, which awarded him the Ph.D
in social anthropology
. He carried out extensive field research in Northern Nigeria, Jamaica, Grenada, and Carriacou.
Smith was married to the anthropologist Mary F. Smith
(née Morrison), with whom he had three... Read More