Professor Alan Macfarlane

Emeritus Professor of Anthropological Science at King's College Cambridge

Emeritus Professor of Anthropological Science, King's College, Cambridge

Professor Alan Macfarlane taught at the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge for 34 years, and is now Emeritus Professor of Anthropological Science at King's College. As an anthropologist and historian he has worked on England, Nepal, Japan and China, and also has research interests in Burma and India. He has focused on a comparative study of the origins and nature of the modern world.

He is the author or editor of 20 books and numerous articles on the anthropology and history of England, Nepal, Japan and China. He is interested in information retrieval systems and audio-visual media, and so has also made a great many films.

He has done research on English society of the 14th to 19th centuries; the Gurungs of central Nepal; and the Nagas of the Burma-India border. His ongoing research includes the origins and consequences of capitalism in comparative perspective, individualism, and social theory.

He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Historical Society.