Patrick Vinton Kirch


Patrick Vinton Kirch

Patrick Vinton Kirch is an archaeologist who studies Oceanic and Polynesia prehistory. He is the Class of 1954 Professor Anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley. He also serves as Curator of Oceanic Archaeology in the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, and was director of that Museum from 1999 to 2002.

He has published widely: many articles and nine books. He is known for his belief that practitioners of archaeology, historical linguistics, human genetic studies, ethnology, and archival historical research can work together to give a fuller picture of the past than any discipline alone could do.

Career

Kirch was born and raised in Hawai'i. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania and at Yale University. He received his Ph.D from Yale in 1975.

From 1975-1984 Kirch served on the staff of the Bernice P. Bishop Museum in Honolulu.

In 1984, Kirch became the Director of the Burke Museum in Seattle, Washington, and an Associate Professor at the University of Washington.

In 1989, he took a position at the University of California at Berkeley.

External links

* [http://sscl.berkeley.edu/~oal/people/Pat/Kirch.htm UC Berkeley faculty website]


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