Bill Bass

Bill Bass

Forensic Anthropologist


Success is not just the amount of money you make; it's more intellectual. I mean, I am happy, happy, and I'm making enough to eat, but not a lot.

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Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Grew up as an only child in an educated family; both parents had college degrees, unusual for 1920s.
Had been studying osteology when a professor invited him to come help him ID a body.
Arrived on the scene of a great mystery-two trucks had crashed, but there was a third body, in addition to two drivers.
When his professor was able to positively identify the third person, "like in the cartoons," a light went on.
Switched his major immediately, knew he wanted to go into forensic anthropology.
Never had a midlife crisis because he knows he made the right choice.
In general, he hates death and funerals, but in his profession, a dead body is a challenge, brings him a strange joy.
Knows what he does "matters," brings closure to families, brings criminals to justice.
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Education

High School
Bachelor
University of Virginia-Main Campus
Graduate
Anthropology
University of Kentucky
Doctorate
Anthropology
University of Pennsylvania

Career

Forensic Anthropologist

I created the body farm where we conduct forensic research into how bodies decompose over time.

Career Roadmap

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My work combines:
My work combines:
Medicine
Science
Problem Solving