HALOUN, Gustav

HALOUN, Gustav. Pirnitz (now Brtnice in Moravia) 12.1.1898 — Cambridge 24.12.1951. Czech/German Sinologist in the U.K. Professor in Cambridge. Son of forest officer (Forstrat) G. Haloun, educated in Iglau (Jihlava). Studies of Sinology at Vienna (von Rosthorn) and especially at Leipzig, under Conrady. Ph.D. 1923. In 1926-27 PD at Prague, 1928-31 at Halle, and 1931-38 at Göttingen (1934 ao. Professor), then moved to the U.K. From 1938 Professor of Chinese language and history at Cambridge. In 1949 travelled in Far East. He did great work developing Sinological libraries in Prague, Halle, Göttingen and Cambridge and refounded the Asia Maior, but had little time to finish his own researches for publication. He was also interested in Central Asia and in western relations of China.

Publications: Much on Sinology, especially on the early history of China, mainly articles in AM.

Habil.diss. Seit wann kannten die Chinesen die Tocharer oder Indogermanen überhaupt? 207 p. Lp. 1926.

– “Üe-Ṭṣï Frage”, ZDMG 91, 1937, 243-318.

Sources: H. Franke, ZDMG 102, 1952, 1-9 with photo; W. Simon, JRAS 1952, 93-95; bibliography by E. B. Leadel in AM 3, 1952, 107f., photo in AM 2, 1951-52; briefly Wikipedia.

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