American National Biography
Extract: Turner, Victor Witter (28 May 1920–18 December 1983), anthropologist, was born in Glasgow, Scotland, the son of Norman Turner, an electronics engineer, and Violet Witter, an actress in the Scottish National Theater. He spoke of his career as a lifelong effort to mediate between their “two cultures”—the paternal heritage of science and the maternal heritage of the arts. “No wonder,” he recalled, “that in time I became an a member of a discipline poised uneasily” between a nineteenth-century model of the natural sciences and the humanities....
Ashley, Kathleen. “Victor Turner” for ACLS-sponsored American National Biography (Oxford University Press, 1999), vol. 22, pp. 36-38.