Berthold Laufer was a philologist, anthropologist, museum curator and sinologist. Laufer was born in Germany and studied Asian languages at the University of Leipzig. In 1898 and 1899 he led expeditions to Sakhalin and the Amur River region of Siberia during the Jesup North Pacific Expedition directed by Franz Boas, who became Laufer's mentor. From 1901 to 1904, Laufer worked in China, collecting for the American Museum of Natural History. Laufer moved to the Field Museum of Natural History in 1907, becoming curator of anthropology, and leading two more expeditions: to China and Tibet in 1908-1910, and to China in 1923. Laufer published over 200 works on ethnology, language studies, art, archaeology, and the histories of domestic animals and cultivated plants.
Arthur Stannard Vernay was an English-born antiques dealer, hunting
enthusiast, naturalist and philanthropist. He immigrated to the United States in
1905 and opened the first of his antiques galleries in 1906, which he would run
until his retirement in 1941. He is especially well known for his extensive
expeditionary work collecting animal specimens for many cultural institutions,
notably the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. On behalf of
this Museum, he traveled to India, Burma, Angola, Tibet and the Kalahari Desert.
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