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3. Social Sciences[X]
301. Anthropology, Demography, Psychology, and Sociology[X]
1Name:  Ms. Ida Nicolaisen
 Institution:  Nordic Institute of Asian Studies & Carlsberg Foundation's Nomad Research Project
 Year Elected:  1999
 Class:  3. Social Sciences
 Subdivision:  301. Anthropology, Demography, Psychology, and Sociology
 Residency:  International
 Living? :   Living
 Birth Date:  1940
Ida Nicolaisen is one of the most distinguished social anthropologists in Denmark today. In addition to her scientific studies, she is active in promoting environmental research in developing countries. The work for which she is best known relates to Malaysia. She has conducted fieldwork among the Punan Bah, in Sarawak, heads the Carlsberg Foundation's Nomad Research Project, and took the initiative in the building of a traditional sewn longboat by a Punan Bah man at the Viking Ship Museum in Denmark, as well as the erection of two remarkable totem poles at the National Museum. In addition to Malaysia, she has done fieldwork in the Philippines, Greenland, Niger, Chad, and Norway, and speaks many foreign languages, including Punan Bah. She is the editor of the multivolumed Danish Nomad Research publications. Her contributions are classical and have earned her an international reputation. Dr. Nicolaisen was the first woman to give the Annual Celebration at the University of Copenhagen (after 510 years). She is a Knight of the Order of Danneburg (Denmark), a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Arts and Sciences and Senior Research Fellow at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies.
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