KÖNIG, Friedrich Wilhelm. Adlerkosteletz (Kostelic nad Orlici), Bohemia 7.1.1897 — Vienna 5.2.1972. Austrian Historian of Ancient Iran and the Near East. Son of railway officer, educated in Vienna. Voluntary in Russian front, lost his left leg and one eye. Now continued his studies of Sanskrit, Iranian and Arabic. Ph.D. 1921 Vienna (diss. on Elamite). From 1923 employed in National Library, Vienna. PD 1931 Wien, in “Geschichte des alter Vorderasiens”. In 1937 ao. Professor, but soon (1938) no longer allowed to teach. In 1939 also forced to retire from the library. In 1945 got back his position in library, from 1948 Hon.Professor. He had big health problems and had to retire in 1951.
Publications: hab.diss. Der Burgbau zu Susa. 1930; Älteste Geschichte der Meder und Perser. 1934; Der falsche Bardija. 1938.
Sources: Bihl 123f.; A. Huber in http://gedenkbuch.univie.ac with photo.
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