A professor at UBC from 1968 until his retirement in 1987, Ken Burridge of Nanaimo acknowledged the achievements in practical affairs and social developments which have characterized the work of missionaries in In The Way: A Study Of Christian Missionary Endeavours (UBC Press, 1991). Whereas Christian missionaries are now usually regarded as relics of an outgrown and mostly discredited colonialism, Burridge has sought to view their work objectively in terms of anthropology, history, sociology, missiology and theology.

Burrdige was the first student in the new Anthropology department at the Australian National University. After receiving his first Ph.D. from the Australian National University in 1953, he was a Research Fellow at the University of Malaya, Professor and Head of Anthropology at the University of Baghdad, Lecturer at the Pitt Rivers Museum of the University of Oxford, and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Western Australia. He presented the Harry Hawthorn Lecture to the Canadian Anthropology Society in May of 1989. He is the author of numerous books that include Mambu (1960), Tanu Traditions (l969), Heaven, New Earth (1969), Encountering Aborigines (1973) and Someone, No One (1979).

[BCBW 1995] "Missionaries" "Anthropology"