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UW anthropology professor emeritus elected to National Academy of Sciences

UW anthropology professor emeritus elected to National Academy of Sciences


A UW-Madison professor emeritus of anthropology who is considered an expert in prehistoric European agriculture has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

T. Douglas Price is one of 84 in the 2018 class of American scientists elected to the academy, along with 21 foreign associates.

The National Academy of Sciences, a private organization, was established 155 years ago by an act of Congress.

Price served on the UW-Madison faculty for 37 years, the university said.

His field work centered on the Danish island of Zealand and coastal regions of Denmark, which he once described as a “superb place for people to live.”

Research into Neolithic life there showed abundant natural resources, including deer, fowl, fish, seals, wild pigs and nuts — “a very rich environment,” noted Price.

Price also used strontium isotopes extracted from human and animal teeth to investigate mobility among both prehistoric and more modern people.

The National Academy of Sciences now has 2,382 active members and 484 foreign associate members.


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