James William Kitching was a South African vertebrate palaeontologist and regarded as one of the world’s greatest fossil finders. He grew up in Nieu Bethesda, where his father was a road gang supervisor. He made countless contributions to the Karoo palaeontology collection, and the Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre in Nieu Bethesda, named after him, displays fossils found in Nieu Bethesda and the surrounding Sneeuberge.
Born: 06 February 1922
Died: 24 December 2003 (aged 81)
Nationality: South African
Alma Mater: University of Witwatersrand
Scientific Career Fields: Vertebrate palaeontologist