HELD, Gerrit Jan

HELD, Gerrit Jan. Kampen 1.7.1906 — Jakarta 28.9.1955. Dutch Anthropologist. After gymnasium in Kampen, from 1926 studied Sanskrit, Old Javanese and Ethnology at Leiden. Ph.D. 1935 Leiden (under Josselin de Jong). In service of Nederlands Bijbelgenootschap went soon to New Guinea with his wife and never returned. During the war in military service, then interned by the Japanese. He was the first to study the Waropen language and ethnography. After the war Professor of Cultural Anthropology at University of Indonesia in Batavia/Jakarta in 1946-50. In 1951-52 Visiting Professor at Yale. In 1952-55 fieldwork in Bima, Sumbawa.

Publications: diss. The Mahabharata, an ethnological study. 7+348 p. Amsterdam 1935.

several books on Waropen.

Sources: Dutch Wikipedia; *J. van Baal, Nieuw-Guinea Studiën 1, 1959, 3-9; *Josselin de Jong, BTLV 112, 1956; bibliography of Dutch Indologists in internet; Dutch Wikipedia.

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