Short Portrait: Udo Oberem

Udo Oberem
Udo Oberem

Udo Oberem was born in Bocholt in 1923.

He studied Anthropology, Prehistory, History, Comparative Religion Studies and Geography in Bonn and Cologne. Moreover, he took up a student assistant position at the Seminar for Anthropology in Bonn in 1950. Hermann Trimborn was among his teachers.

Oberem graduated in 1951 and went to Madrid in order to study History of Latin America. Between 1954 and 1956 he did a field research in Ecuador. After his return to Germany, Oberem took up an assistant position at Institute for Ancient American Studies and Ethnology in Bonn in 1957 and began lecturing.

Oberem headed an archaeological research project in 1964/65 and founded a publications series for Ancient American Studies in 1971. A year later he took up a full professorship for anthropology at the university in Bonn: Furthermore, he became head chairman of the Institute for Ancient American Studies and Ethnology, being the successor of Hermann Trimborn.

Udo Oberem died in 1986.

(Text written by Vincenz Kokot in March 2012; based on BAA Prof. Riese; photo source: