Mr Hermann Justus Braunholtz (12 October 1888–4 June 1963)

Keeper of the Ethnographical Collections at the British Museum; Braunholtz was born in Cambridgeshire, England. He was educated at T. R. Goodchild's Preparatory School in Cambridge and at Oundle School, and went on to read Classics and Modern and Medieval Languages at St John's College, Cambridge, graduating with a B.A. in 1911 and M.A. in 1919. He served as a Lance Corporal in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the First World War. In 1932 he married Joan M. Raymont in Hampstead, London. Hermann Justus Braunholtz joined the British Museum in 1913, and in 1938 succeeded T. A. Joyce as Keeper of the Department of Oriental Antiquities and Ethnography. In 1946 Ethnography became a department in its own right with Braunholtz as its first keeper. He served as President of the Royal Anthropological Institute and the International African Institute. He died in Luton, Bedfordshire, aged 74.