Reiner Tom Zuidema was born on May 24, 1927, and deid on March 2, 2016.
He was professor emeritus of Anthropology and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Zuidema was well known for his seminal contribution on Inca social and political organization.
Zuidema’s early work consisted of a structural analysis of the ceque system.
Later, he extended this approach, based on French and Dutch structuralism, to other aspects of Andean civilization, notably kinship, the Inca calendar and Incaic understanding of astronomy.
During 1977, he became a correspondent of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
R. Tom Zuidema passed away at 88 yrs old.