GELPKE, Fritz Ludwig

GELPKE, Fritz Ludwig. Pekalongen 1896 — 1945. German Indologist. Son of Karl Otto G. and Anna Nahapiet, born in Indonesia. Participated in WW I and never really recovered. Dr. ph. Göttingen 1929 (under Sieg). From 1932 Assistant, then from 1935 Custos in Museum für Völkerkunde in Berlin. In 1940 styled as Professor in Berlin, but in letter to Waldschmidt in 1942 still in museum. In another letter in 1946 to W., Kümmel as Gelpke’s director wrote that he had been long time mentally instabile. Soon after war he took poison.

Publications: diss. Anantabhaṭṭa’s Padārthaprakāśa. Ein Kāṇva-Kommentar zum Vājasaneyi-Prātiśākhya. 63 pp. Göttingen 1929.

reviews: Renou’s Bibliographie védique 1931, OLZ 36, 386-389.

with O. Kümmel edited the Ostasiatische Zeitschrift 27 (N.F. 17), 1941 — 28, 1942/43.

Sources: Mitgliedernachrichten in ZDMG 1944; not in D.G.K. nor in Dt. biogr. Archiv 1st & 2nd series, no works in the N.U.C.; birth and parents in genealogy.net; C. Dreyer, “‘Turfan’ und die Berliner Indologie”, Framke, Lötze, Strauch (ed.), Indologie und Südasienkunde in Berlin, Geschichte und Positionsbestimmung. Geschichte zur Gegenwart und Asiens 4. Berlin 2014, 57f.

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