Robin Dunbar

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Robin Ian MacDonald Dunbar FBA FRAI (born 28 June 1947)[9][10] is a British anthropologist and evolutionary psychologist and a specialist in primate behaviour.[11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19] He is currently head of the Social and Evolutionary Neuroscience Research Group in the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. He is best known for formulating Dunbar's number,[4] a measurement of the "cognitive limit to the number of individuals with whom any one person can maintain stable relationships".[20][21]

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Robin Dunbar

Dunbar at Festival della Scienza
in Italy, 2011
Robin Ian MacDonald Dunbar

(1947-06-28) 28 June 1947 (age 75)[1]
Alma mater
Known forDunbar's number[2][3][4]
Baboon research[5][6][7]
Eva Patricia Melvin
(m. 1971)
AwardsHuxley Memorial Medal (2015)
Scientific career
Evolutionary Psychology[8]
InstitutionsUniversity of Bristol
Stockholm University
University of Cambridge
University of Oxford
University College London
University of Liverpool
ThesisThe social organisation of the gelada baboon (Theropithecus gelada) (1974)
InfluencesNikolaas Tinbergen
InfluencedAnna Machin