HUBER, Edouard

HUBER, Édouard (Eduard). Großwangen, Canton Luzern 12.8.1879 — Vinh Long, Vietnam 6.1.1914 (when 35). Swiss Sinologist and South-East Asian Scholar, also interested in Buddhism. Son of ev. pastor Anton H., and Mathilde Vogel. Educated in Großwangen, Willisau and Solothurn. First studied theology, then at Vienna under Prášek. From 1897 further studies in Paris, of Sanskrit (Lévi), Chinese (Chavannes), Japanese and Russian. From 1901 at E.F.E.O. in Hanoi. Travelled in Indochina, China, Korea and Japan. French citizen 1912. In 1912-14 Professor of Indochinese philology at Sorbonne. Bachelor. He is said to have known c. 30 languages. Died on way to Thailand.

Publications: “L’itinéraire du pèlerin Ki Ye dans l’Inde”, BEFEO 2, 1902,256-259; “Études de littérature bouddhique”, BEFEO 4, 1904, 698-726 (1. Le Rāmāyaṇa et les Jātakas, 698-701; 2. Le trésor de roi Rhampsinite, 701-707; 3. Pañcatantra, V, 1, 707-709; 5. Trois contes du Sūtrālaṁkāra d’Açvaghoṣa conservés dans le Divyāvadāna, 709-726) & 6, 1906, 1-43(5. Les sources du Divyāvadāna, 1-37; 6. Kaniṣka et Sātavāhana, 37-39; 7. Termes persans dans l’astrologie bouddhique chinoise, 39-43); “Études bouddhiques”, BEFEO 14:1, 1914, 9-19.

Açvaghoṣa, Sûtrâlaṁkâra, traduit en français sur la version Chinoise de Kumârajîva. 8+496 p. P. 1908.

With L. Finot: “Le Prātimokṣasūtra des Sarvāstivādins, texte sanskrit par L.F. avec la version chinoise de Kumārajīva [Nanjio 1160] trad. en français par É.H.”, JA 11:2, 1913, 465-558.

– Also wrote on Indochinese epigraphy and history in BEFEO.

Sources: É. Chavannes, TP 15, 1914, 282; *L. Finit, BEFEO 14:1, 1914, 1-8; *A. Höfliger, Heimatkunde des Wiggertals 36, 1978, 111-140; *A. Kunz, Großwangen. 1993, 289-294; M. Lischer in Web HistLexSchweiz; J.L. Myers, Man 53, 1953 89; *Casimir Schnyder, Eduard Huber, ein schweizerischer Sprachgelehrter, Sinolog und Indochinaforscher, sein Leben und seine Briefe, seine wissen­schaftliche Bedeutung, nebst einer Auswahl seiner Arbeiten. 8+203 p. Z. 1920 (not too good according to Finot, BEFEO 20, 1920, 71f.); Chercheurs d’Asie 230; German Wikipedia with photo.

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