In Memory of Dr Renate Barber

Renate Barber was a social anthropologist, and obtained her DipAnth (1954), BLitt (1955) and PhD all from Somerville, Oxford. She was a Founding Member of FRSG (Fertility and Reproduction Studies Group), a principal tutor for FRSG’s teaching programmes and a Research Associate at ISCA. She carried out fieldwork in Nigeria, and was a Research Assistant in Social medicine, 1950-64. She was appointed Lecturer, Principal lecturer, and Head of Department at Oxford Polytechnic. Her fieldwork continued in Ibadan, Nigeria between 1964 and 1992 on a medical care delivery project initially sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation but which later became an integral part of Ibadan medical School programme. While at the Polytechnic she introduced Social Anthropology first as part of the London University BA programme, then as an option in the Modular course at the Polytechnic.

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