Peter Farb (1929–1980) was an American author, anthropologist, linguist, ecologist, biologist, and spokesman for conservation.
Farb was born July 25, 1929, in New York, NY to Solomon and Cecelia Farb. In 1950, he graduated magna cum laude from "Vanderbilt University. He attended "Columbia University graduate school from 1950 to 1951. He married museum director and painter Oriole Horch in 1953 and together had two sons, Mark Daniel and Thomas Forest.
Peter Farb was a freelance writer in the areas of the natural and human sciences for many years, authoring many acclaimed books, including several books for young readers, and columns in national magazines such as Better Homes and Gardens, and Reader’s Digest. President "John F. Kennedy's Secretary of the Interior, "Stuart L. Udall described him as a "... young man with a consuming interest in the land and living things ... one of the finest conservation spokesmen of our period."
He possessed a significant knowledge of North America and was critical of American expansionism in his 1968 anthropological study and book, Man's Rise to Civilization... In it, he writes that the "White Man" owes a debt from his acculturation or "indianization," comparable in some ways to the Roman acculturation in conquering the Greeks.
He was a Fellow of the "American Association for the Advancement of Science, the "American Anthropological Association, the Society for American Archeology, and the Anthropological Society of Washington, D.C.
He came up with a paradox: "Intensification of production to feed an increased population leads to a still greater increase in population."
1950–1952: "Argosy Magazine feature editor
1960–1961: editor-in-chief of the publishing agent Panorama until the project sponsored by the "Columbia Broadcasting System ended.
1964–1971: Curator for American Indian Cultures, "Riverside Museum, New York, N.Y.
1971: "National Book Awards Committee Judge
1971–1972: visiting lecturer, "Yale University
1971–1978: Fellow of "Calhoun College, Yale University
1976: "University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries Trustee
1966–1971: Consultant to the "Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.