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Bernard V. Bothmer

Egyptologist , art historian

Bernard V. Bothmer, art historian, Egyptologist. Fulbright Research fellow Egypt, 1954-1956, 63-64.


Bothmer, Bernard V. was born on October 13, 1912 in Charlottenburg, Germany. Naturalized, 1944. Son of Willy and Marie (Freiin von und zu Egloffstein) von Bothmer.


Student, University Berlin, 1936. Student, University Bonn-am-Rhein, 1932.


Assistant Egyptian department State Museum, Berlin, Germany, 1932-1938. Staff Office of War Information, New York City, 1942-1943. Foreign language section War Department, 1943.

With military intelligence United States Army, European Theatre of Operations, 1944-1946. Assistant department Egyptian art Museum Fine Arts, Boston, 1946-1953, assistant curator, 1954-1956. Assistant treasurer American Research Center in Egypt, Inc., 1950-1956, field director Egypt, 1954-1956.

General secretary American Institute of Architects, 1952-1954. Assistant curator ancient art Brooklyn Museum, 1956-1958, associate curator, 1958-1964, curator ancient art, 1964-1972, curator Egyptian and Classical art, 1972-1977, chairman department Egyptian and classical art, 1978-1982. Vice-director museum, 1969-1970.

Keeper of Wilbour Collection, from 1974. Adjunct professor fine arts Institute Fine Arts New York University, 1960-1978. Professor fine arts Institute Fine Arts New York University, 1978-1982, Lila Acheson Wallace professor Ancient Egyptian art, from 1982.

Member Commission for Cultural Affairs of City of New York, 1978-1981.


Member Sister City Committee (Cairo) of City of New York, since 1988. Served with Intelligence Corps Army of the United States, 1944-1946. Member American Association Museum, Archaeol.

Institute American (general secretary 1952-1954), Egypt Exploration Society, Compagnie de la Toison d'Or (Dijon, France), American Research Center Egypt, College Art Association, International Council Museum, International Association Egyptologists.


Married Norma-Jean Koplin, October 18, 1951. Children: Yvette Marina, Nicolas B. (deceased), 1 stepchild, Yemina Marie-Claude Katan.

Willy Freiin

Marie (Freiin

Norma-Jean Koplin

Yvette Marina Bothmer

Nicolas B. Bothmer (deceased)

1 stepchild Bothmer

Yemina Marie-Claude Katan Bothmer