Born: 1886, North Adelaide, South Australia
Died: 14 May 1970, Adelaide, South Australia
Harold Cooper's research interests included South Australian archaeology, Australian Aboriginal anthropology and South Australian maritime history. The Cooper collection in the South Australian Museum Archives comprises papers and photographs.
Cooper began work for the South Australian Museum in an honorary capacity in 1934. He was appointed Assistant Ethnologist in 1941, a title which later changed to Assistant Curator of Anthropology. After his retirement in 1957 Cooper again worked on an honorary basis until his resignation due to ill-health in May 1969.