FIGULLA, Hugo Heinrich

FIGULLA, Hugo Heinrich Max. Loslau, Kr. Rybnik, Oberschlesien (now Wodzisław Śląski in Poland) 27.12.1885 — London 6.2.1969. German Assyriologist and Hittite Scholar also interested in Dravidian. After gymnasium in Ratibor studied at Berlin and Breslau (Assyriology under Br. Meissner). Ph.D. 1911 Breslau in Assyriology. From 1912 worked in Vorderasiatische Museum in Berlin. In 1914 visited Turkey with H. Winckler and now mainly concentrated on Hittite. For a while Director of the library of Seminar für orientalische Sprachen, also teaching Telugu (1934-36), but when the Nazis took over he emigrated to Switzerland and soon to the U.K. In 1949-67 worked in British Museum. Married 1913 Ewa Ramberg (divorce, one son), then Kate Asch.

Publications: “Über die Sandhierscheinungen in den dravidischen Sprachen”, Mitt. Sem. or. Spr. 1929, ??-??; “Die Struktur des Verbums in den dravidischen Sprachen”, Mitt. Sem. or. Spr. 35, 1932, ??-??; “Manichäer in Indien und das Zeitalter des tamulischen Dichters Māṇikkavāčagar”, AO 17, 1939, 112-122.

Reviews on South Indian studies in OLZ.

Much unrelated to India, i.al. edited three volumes (1-2, 11) of Keilschrifttexte aus Boghazköi. 1916-23.

Sources: *E. Weidner, AfO 27, 1970, 220; R. Oberheid, Emil O. Forrer und die Anfänge der Hethitologie. B. & N.Y. 2007, 362f.; while his Assyriological career is well documented, no one seems indicate, whence came his interest in Dravidian.

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