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Bill Bass
Bill Bass

Bill Bass

Knoxville, TN USA

"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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Day In The Life

Forensic Anthropologist

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

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    University of Virginia-Main Campus

  • Graduate Degree

    Anthropology, General

    University of Kentucky

  • Doctorate

    Anthropology, General

    University of Pennsylvania

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    Grew up as an only child in an educated family; both parents had college degrees, unusual for 1920s.

  • 2.

    Had been studying osteology when a professor invited him to come help him ID a body.

  • 3.

    Arrived on the scene of a great mystery-two trucks had crashed, but there was a third body, in addition to two drivers.

  • 4.

    When his professor was able to positively identify the third person, "like in the cartoons," a light went on.

  • 5.

    Switched his major immediately, knew he wanted to go into forensic anthropology.

  • 6.

    Never had a midlife crisis because he knows he made the right choice.

  • 7.

    In general, he hates death and funerals, but in his profession, a dead body is a challenge, brings him a strange joy.

  • 8.

    Knows what he does "matters," brings closure to families, brings criminals to justice.