Bruno Oetteking (1871-1960) was a German-born physical anthropologist who worked in the United States. His monograph Craniology of the North Pacific Coast (1930) was based on his study of crania collected during the famous Jesup North Pacific Expedition led by Franz Boas between 1897-1902. Oetteking taught courses in physical anthropology and evolution at Columbia University Extension, curated the Physical Anthropology Department at the Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, and was later employed at the Chiropractic Institute of New York. Author of the textbook, Human Craniology (1957), he is a forgotten, if not obscure figure, one of the last craniologists in the history of physical anthropology.
“The Obscure Labors of a Forgotten Anthropologist: A Biography of Bruno Oetteking”
Ute Ritz‑Deutch, 2019
Introduction Bruno Oetteking was a physical anthropologist born on 2 April 1871 in Hamburg, Germany, where he completed high school and the qualifying exams (Abitur). He studied at several universities and wrote his dissertation on the craniology of the ancient Egyptians, earning his doctorate from Zürich in 1908.  After one year in Argentina, he moved to New York in 1913, where he lived until his death on 17 January 1960. Oetteking (...)