SIMON, Ernst Julius Walter

SIMON, Ernst Julius Walter (Ximen Xuade). Berlin 10.6.1893 — London 22.2.1981. German Sinologist and Sino-Tibetan Scholar in the U.K. Professor in London. Studies of classical and Romance philology in 1911-14 at Berlin. Employed in the university libraries in Kiel and Berlin, now started the study of Sinology under O. Franke. From 1926 PD Berlin, from 1932 ao. Professor there. During the Nazi regime he was forced to emigrate in 1936 and settled down in London teaching Sinology at S.O.A.S., first as a Lecturer (1936), then as Reader (1938) and eventually as the Professor of Chinese (1947–60). During the war served as army interpreter and translator. Retired 1960. Then visiting Professor at several universitied (Toronto 1961-62, Canberra 1962, Tokyo, Canberra and Melbourne 1970).

WS did a grat work organizing Sinological research and teaching in London. During his later years he was more and more interested in Tibetan.

Publications: “Charakteristik des judenspanischen Dialekts von Saloniki” Z. Rom. Philol. 40, 1920, 655-689.

a great number of articles on East Asia, especially China, occasionally also on Tibetan, in 1924-80 in AM, Mitt.Sem.Or.Spr., Ostas. Z., OLZ, BSOAS, etc.

textbooks of Chinese during the war; Beginner’s Chinese–English Dictionary. 1947.

– “Tibetisch-chinesische Wortgleichungen. Ein Versuch”, Mitt.Sem.Or.Spr. 32, 1929 & sep. 72 p. B. 1930.

Tibetology also in HJAS 5, 1941; BSOS 10, 1940-42; AM N.S. 1, 1949, & 12, 17, 19; BSOAS 25, 1962, & 31, 33, 35, 37, 38, 40, 42, 43.

Editor of Asia Major 1964-75.

Sources: C. R. Bawdwen, “Prof. em. W.S.”, BSOAS 36:2 (in honour of W.S., with photo), 1973, 221-223; *C. R. Bawden, Proc. Br. Acad. 67, 1981, 459-477; M. Loewe, JRAS 1982, 44-47 (with bibliography 1965-80); *H. L. Shorto, BSOAS 45, 1982, 344; AM 10, 1963 = W. Simon Vol., with bibliography and photo; Wikipedia.

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