the Ishango bone the exhibition
introduction deciphering the bone Ishango map the discoverer



Jean de Heinzelin de Braucourt




the discoverer

Jean de Heinzelin de Braucourt
6 August 1920 - 4 November 1998

Jean de Heinzelin was a geologist.
A kind of a modern adventurer, Jean de Heinzelin was a field worker and a remarkable observer.

Africa was his main area of work, but he also took part in various expeditions in Europe, the United States and the Middle East.

From 1946 onward, he was associated with the Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences. At the Universities of Ghent and Brussels, he imparted his knowledge enthusiastically to students.

A chance in his career - the Ishango Bone discovery - brought him international fame.