J.L.A. Brandes

Jan Laurens Andries Brandes (1857-1905) studied Theology in Amsterdam and Language and Literature of the East-Indian Archipelago in Leiden, where he defended a PhD in 1884 on the phonology of the Malay-Polynesian language family (Bijdrage tot de vergelijkende klankleer der westersche afdeeling van de Maleisch-Pol. taalfamilie). He moved to Batavia when, in 1885, he became civil servant studying Indonesian languages. He made many contributions to the study of Javanese language, history and archaeology, and became the first president of the Committee for Archaeological Research in Java and Madura, a position which he held from 1901 to his death in 1905.