Ernest Becker
Name: Ernest Becker
Occupation: Anthropologist
Gender: Male
Birth Day: September 27, 1924
Death Date: Mar 6, 1974 (age 49)
Age: Aged 49
Country: United States
Zodiac Sign: Libra

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Ernest Becker

Ernest Becker was born on September 27, 1924 in United States (49 years old). Ernest Becker is an Anthropologist, zodiac sign: Libra. Nationality: United States. Approx. Net Worth: Undisclosed.


He won the Pulitzer Prize four months after his death.

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Before Fame

While serving in World War II his infantry liberated a Nazi concentration camp.


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In his early 30s, he returned to Syracuse University to pursue graduate studies in cultural anthropology, and would complete his PhD in 1960. The first of his nine books, Zen: A Rational Critique (1961) was based on his doctoral dissertation.

After graduating from Syracuse University in 1960, Becker began his career as a professor and writer. Becker taught anthropology in the Department of Psychiatry at the Upstate Medical College in Syracuse, New York. Becker was summarily fired, along with other non-tenured professors, for supporting tenured Professor Thomas Szasz in a dispute with the administration over academic freedom. After a year in Italy, Becker was hired back at Syracuse University, this time in the School of Education. In 1965, Becker acquired a lecturer position at the University of California, Berkeley in the anthropology program. However, trouble again arose between Becker and the administration, leading to his departure from the university. At the time, thousands of students petitioned to keep Becker at the school and offered to pay his salary, but the petition did not succeed in retaining Becker. In 1967, he taught at San Francisco State's Department of Psychology until January 1969 when he resigned in protest against the administration's stringent policies against student demonstrations.


In 1969, Becker began a professorship at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he would spend the remaining years of his academic life. During the next five years, he wrote his 1974 Pulitzer Prize-winning work, The Denial of Death. Additionally, he worked on the second edition to The Birth and Death of Meaning, and wrote Escape from Evil.


In November 1972, Ernest Becker was diagnosed with colon cancer. Two years later, on 6 March 1974, he would pass away at the age of 49 in Burnaby, British Columbia. Shortly before his death, he participated in a series of interviews with Sam Keen for Psychology Today. Flight From Death (2003) is a documentary film directed by Patrick Shen, based on Becker's work, and partially funded by the Ernest Becker Foundation.


In his 1974 book The Denial of Death anthropologist, Becker noted that humankind requires healthy narcissism for functional purposes:

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