Profile Summary

Charles Kimberlin Brain

Charles Kimberlin Brain

South Africa, Professional Services General

Personal Details

Date of Birth: 07-05-1931      Place of Birth: Harare, Zimbabwe

Current Position(s)

Honorary Professor, Zoology Department, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (1985 - present)

Emeritus Curator, Transvaal Museum, Pretoria

Honorary Associate Editor, Journal of Taphonomy,

Previous Position(s)

Director, Transvaal Museum (1968 - 1991)

Deputy Director & Keeper, National Museum of Zimbabwe (1965 - 1968)

In Brief

Charles Brain is an eminent South African paleontologist who has studied and taught African cave taphonomy for more than fifty years. He is an Honorary Professor of Zoology at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has directed comprehensive archaeological study of Swartkrans caves, with more than 200 hominid specimens found, mostly Paranthropus robustus, plus animal fossils, stone and bone tools, remains of Homo ergaster, thought to be predecessor of Homo sapiens.

Contact Details

Fax Number
(086) 684-9439

Professional

Directorship(s)

Director - Transvaal Museum, Pretoria
(1968 - 1991)
Deputy Director & Keeper - Zoology, National Museum of Zimbabwe
(1965 - 1968)

Current Position(s)

Honorary Professor - Zoology Department, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
(1985 - present)
Emeritus Curator - Transvaal Museum, Pretoria
Honorary Associate Editor - Journal of Taphonomy

Previous Position(s)

Curator - Palaeontology, Display & Tech Departments, Transvaal Museum
(1965 - 1968)
Curator - Lower Vertebrate Department, National Museum of Rhodesia
(1957 - 1961)
Research Fellow - Palaeontology, Transvaal Museum
(1954 - 1957)

Education

Honorary Degree(s)

University of the Witwatersrand
Honorary Doctor of Science
University of Pretoria and Amsterdam
Honorary Doctor of Science
University of Kwa-Zulu Natal
Honorary Doctor of Science
University of Cape Town
Honorary Doctor of Science

Degree(s)

University of the Witwatersrand
Doctor of Philosophy
University of the Witwatersrand
Doctor of Science
University of the Witwatersrand
Bachelor of Science

Trade Qualification(s)

IAC
FSAMA
FRSSAf

Noteworthy Events and Interesting Facts

1965-1986: Directed comprehensive archaeological study of Swartkrans caves (more than 200 hominid specimens found, mostly Paranthropus robustus, plus animal fossils, stone and bone tools, remains of Homo ergaster, thought to be predecessor of Homo sapiens.

Achievements

Publications

On Astrophys & History of Science
Author

Personal

Family

Marital Status: Married to Laura Helena Kraan      Sons: 2      Daughters: 2

Father: Charles Kimberlin Dr Brain      Mother: Zoe