KERN, Fritz (Max Friedrich Ludwig Hermann). Stuttgart 28.9.1884 — Mainz 21.5.1950. German Historian. Son of Hermann von Kern, Councillor of state in Württenberg, and Karoline von Hufnagel. From 1902 studies of law at Lausanne, but soon history at Tübingen and Berlin. Ph.D. 1906 Berlin. Visited a number of European archives. PD 1909 Kiel, 1913 ao. Professor there. In 1914-22 ord. Professor at Frankfurt, then at Bonn until retirement in 1947. Married 1909 Bertha von Hartmann, two daughters and one son, and 1941 Elisabeth Charlotte Ahrens, one son.
Publications: Much on medieval European history.
– Aśoka, Kaiser und Missionar. Ed. by W. Kirfel. 208 p. Bern 1956.
Sources: H. Trimborn, ZfEthnol. 76, 1951, 137f. (with a list of his historical writings); German Wikipedia with further references.
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