James Henry Breasted

James Henry Breasted (/ˈbrɛstɪd/; August 27, 1865 – December 2, 1935) was an American archaeologist, Egyptologist, and historian. After completing his PhD at the University of Berlin in 1894, he joined the faculty of the University of Chicago. In 1901 he became director of the Haskell Oriental Museum at the university, where he continued to concentrate on Egypt. In 1905 Breasted was promoted to full professor, and held the first chair in Egyptology and Oriental History in the United States.

James Henry Breasted
James Breasted in Chicago, 1928.
Born(1865-08-27)August 27, 1865
DiedDecember 2, 1935(1935-12-02) (aged 70)
Alma mater
Known forPopularizing the term "Fertile Crescent"
Founder of the Oriental Institute
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Chicago
ThesisDe hymnis in Solem sub rege Amenophide IV conceptis (1894)
Doctoral advisorAdolf Erman
Doctoral studentsRobert John Braidwood

In 1919 he founded the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, a center for interdisciplinary study of ancient civilizations. Breasted was a committed field researcher, and had a productive interest in recording and interpreting ancient writings, especially from sources and structures that he feared may be lost forever.

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