THOMAS, Calvin

THOMAS, Calvin. near Lapeer Mich. 28.10.1854 — New York City 4.11.1919. U.S. Linguist and Germanist. Graduated A.B. 1874, A.M. 1877, LL.D. 1904 – all at University of Michigan, where he was in 1879-87 Instructor in Modern Languages and gave the first course of Sanskrit in the university’s history, then repeated in every year. In 1877-78 further studies at Leipzig. Later he was Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures at University of Michigan 1886-96 and at Columbia 1896-1919. An advocate of the simplified spelling of English. Married 1880 Mary J. Sutton, who died in the same year, then 1884 Mary Eleanor Allen, two children.

Publications: Wrote on German language and literature.

Sources: The University of Michigan. An Encyclopedic Survey. 2, 1951, 631f.; Wikipedia.

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