Bastian, Adolf

BORN 26 Jun 1826, Bremen - DIED 2 Feb 1905, Port of Spain, Trinidad
GRAVE LOCATION Stahnsdorf, Brandenburg: Südwestkirchhof, Bahnhofstrasse (Block Trinitatis, Feld 21, Wahlstellen 153/154 (Ehrengrab))

Adolf Bastian studied law and biology in Heidelberg, Berlin, Jena and Würzburg. In Würzburg his teacher Rudolf Virchow aroused his interest in what was called ethnology at the time. He finally switched to medicin and graduated in Prague.

He became a doctor on a ship and travelled around the world in eight years. In 1859 he was back in Germany and wrote "Man in History" about his travels. In 1861 he travelled to Southeast Asia for four years and he wrote his experiences down in "The People of East Asia".

In 1866 he went to Berlin where he became a member of the Academy of Sciences. In 1873 he was the first director of the Ethnological Museum in Berlin. He continued travelling and went to Africa and the American continent. During one of his travels he died in Port of Spain.


The grave of Adolf Bastian at the Südwestfriedhof in Stahnsdorf, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (27 Jan 2008)


• Gottschalk, Wolfgang, Südwestfriedhof Stahnsdorf, Verlag Dirk Nishen, Berlin, 1991

Bastianini, Giovanni

Published: 01 Dec 2017
Last update: 14 Feb 2022