Biographical entry Adam, Leonhard (1891 - 1960)
- 16 December 1891
- 9 September 1960
- Academic, Anthropologist, Curator, Ethnologist and Lawyer
Leonhard Adam was an anthropologist and lawyer.
He fled Nazi Germany in 1938, and was one of the 2,500 Jewish refugees labelled 'enemy aliens' who were sent from England to Australia aboard the Dunera .
He was released from refugee internment at Tatura to take part in an ethnographic project with Professor Max Crawford at the University of Melbourne and went on to the position of scholar (1943-47), lecturer (1947-56) and part-time curator of the ethnographic collection(1958-60).
His dedication to the improvement of the ethnological collection at the University led to its renaming as the Leonhard Adam Ethnological Collection.
- c. 1912 - 1916
- Education - Bachelor's Degree in Ethnology, Universities of Berlin and Griefswald
- c. 1916 - 1920
- Education - Degree in Practising Law, Berlin University
- 1919 - 1938
- Career position - Editor of Zeitschrift für Vergleichende Rechtswissenschaft (Journal of Comparative Jurisprudence)
- 1931 - 1933
- Career position - Lecturer in ethnological jurisprudence and primitive law at the Institute of Foreign Laws, Berlin
- Life event - Nazi law disallowed him from practising in his field.
- c. 1933
- Career position - Member of the board of experts of the Ethnographical Museum, Berlin
- Life event - Transported to Australia by the British Government as an 'enemy alien' aboard the Dunera
- 1938 - 1942
- Life event - Interned at refugee camp, Tatura, Victoria
- Career position - Collaborated with Prof. Max Crawford on Aboriginal uses of stone.
- 1943 - 1947
- Career position - Scholar, University of Melbourne
- 1947 - 1956
- Career position - Lecturer in anthropology, University of Melbourne
- Life event - Naturalised as Australian Citizen
- Award - Awarded a doctorate from the University of Bonn, Germany
- 1958 - 1960
- Career position - Part-time Curator of the Ethnographic Collection, University of Melbourne
- Dening, Greg, 'Adam, Leonhard (1891-1970), Anthropologist and Lawyer', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 13, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1993, pp. 8-9. Also available at http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/adam-leonhard-9962. Details
Created: 30 January 2012, Last modified: 3 October 2012