Baron Ferdinand von Reitzenstein

Cultural historian, sexual ethnologist

After working at the Berlin Ethnology Museum and the Hygiene Museum in Dresden, Reitzenstein became editor of the well-known journal Geschlecht und Gesellschaft (Gender and Society) and its supplement on sexual reform, which assumed the status of "offical organ" of the Berlin Institute for Sexual Science. In 1923, Reitzenstein became director of the ethnological-anthropological department at the Institute. His health continued to decline after he suffered a stroke in 1925, and he died in a psychiatric institution in 1929.

His research focused on the anthropology of woman.

The portrait of Reitzenstein shown here hung in the stairwell of the Institute for Sexual Science in Berlin as of 1929, along with approximately thirty other signed photographs of the most well-known sex researchers.