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Lionel Tiger (BBHS ’54)

Born: 1937, Montreal, Quebec

Lionel Tiger was born and raised in Montreal. Upon graduating from BBHS, Tiger attended McGill University where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1959. From there, Tiger received a master’s degree at the London School of Economics 1962.

He is a world-renowned anthropologist, with numerous publications to his credit. His work has focused on connecting natural sciences to social sciences to justify that human behaviour is natural. Tiger’s notable publications include The Decline of Males, The Pursuit of Pleasure and The Manufacture of Evil: Evolution, Ethics, and the Industrial System.

Tiger has been awarded a variety of prominent awards and fellowships including the Rockefeller Fellowship at the Aspen Institute, the Special Interdisciplinary Award of the Canada Council in 1967, the Ford Foundation Foreign Area Training Fellowship of Africa, the Susman Award of Excellence in Teaching at Rutgers University in 1985 and Chairman of the Board of Social Scientists for the US News and World Report in 1968.

He is also a teacher and has held positions at the Universities of Accra, Ghana and British Columbia. He is currently the Charles Darwin Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University and a consultant to the U.S. Department of Defense on the future of biotechnology.

In his latest work, co-authored with psychiatrist Michael McGuire in 2010, Tiger entered into the new field known as the cognitive science of religion. In God’s Brain, Tiger and McGuire argue that the religious practice “brainsoothes”, alleviates the sharp edges of the human experience, far more than any other human activity.

Click here to see a selection of his numerous publications.

Lionel Tiger, Brian Nethune, Maclean’s, March 2010
Lionel Tiger, Social Issues Research Centre
Lionel Tiger Website