The Japan Times
November 29, 1999

Anthropologist Ashley Montagu dies

PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) Anthropologist Ashley Montagu, known for combining rigorous scientific research with witty, accessible writing, died Friday at age 94 after suffering from a long illness.

Montagu authored more than 60 books, ranging from an account of the life of Joseph Merrick, known as "The Elephant Man," to lighter works such as a book on the history of swearing.

Montagu became a controversial figure in the 1950s, when he suggested there was scientific evidence of race and gender equality. He recently published a revised version of his 1953 book, "The Natural Superiority of Women," in which he argued for complete equality between men and women.