KÖRBER, Hans Nordewin von. Treptow-Köpenick 23.7.1896 — San Diego ?.4.1979. German Tibetologist in the U.S.A. In 1914 expedition to Khotan with A. H. Francke, sent by Scherman from Munich Ethnographical Museum. Because of WW I interned in Ahmednagar (letter to B. Laufer 1916). Ph.D. 1921 (1922) Marburg. Retained during the war in Kashgar, their collection finally arrived at Munich in 1928. He was a Theosophist and deeply interested in the Christian mysticism of Jakob Lörber (1800–1864). He emigrated to the U.S.A and was Professor of Oriental Studies at the University of Southern California in the mid-1930s.
Publications: Diss. Morphologie des Tibetischen. Manuscript, Marburg 1921.
– Morphology of the Tibetan Language. 230 p. L.A. 1935; other works.
Sources: The Silk Road 4:1, 2006 contains an article about the Francke-Körber collection, with full details on Francke and nothing about Körber; briefly in www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3403802832.html as the founder of Körber Society.
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