Eric Rosenthal (historian)
Eric Rosenthal, (10 July 1905 – 1983) was a South African historian and author. He was born in Newlands, Cape Town. He graduated with a law degree, later becoming a journalist and writer of many corporate histories. He was a member of the Three Wise Men on Springbok Radio's long-running quiz show, Test the Team.
The elder of two children born to Richard Rosenthal and Hedwig De Beer, he received his first education at Parktown Preparatory School in Johannesburg, and later St. John's College. He chose to follow a legal career and qualified as an attorney at the University of the Witwatersrand. Early opportunities as a journalist saw his virtual abandoning of law. He was competent at sketching and enlivened his books with explanatory drawings.
Eric Rosenthal's grandfather was Albert Rosenthal, who settled in Middelburg in the Eastern Cape in about 1854, where he was on the board of directors of the Standard Bank of South Africa. He married Pauline Emmanuel from Germany, who was a fellow music student with Engelbert Humperdinck. They produced three sons - two elder sons born in Germany, Julius (1868–1902) and Richard born 1869, and lastly Berthold born 1885 in Middelburg.
- Morrow, Sean (June 1996). "'The Things They Have Made Will Live Forever': The Estelle Hamilton-Welsh Collection in the F.S. Malan Museum, University of Fort Hare". Journal of Southern African Studies. Taylor & Francis, Ltd. 22 (2): 271–285.
- McCormack, Dewar (1994). The Perm Book of 'Test the Team'. Cape Town: Salty Print. p. 226. ISBN 0-620-18165-6.
- Rosenthal, E: Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Third Edition, Frederick Warne and Co. Ltd, 1965, Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 61-15433
- Rosenthal, E: Southern African Dictionary of National Biography, Frederick Warne and Co. Ltd, 1966, Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 66-15690
- Rosenthal, Eric (1975). Total's Book of Southern African Records. p. 160. ISBN 0-620-01923-9.