KUHN, Ernst Wilhelm Adalbert

KUHN, Ernst Wilhelm Adalbert. Berlin 7.2.1846 — Munich 20.8.1920. German Indologist. Professor in Munich. Son of —> Adalbert Kuhn. From 1863 studies at Berlin, Tübingen and Halle. Ph.D. 1869 Halle. From 1871 PD at Halle, 1872-75 at Leipzig. In 1875-77 Professor ord. at Heidelberg and in 1877-1917 at München (the first ord. für arische Philologie und vergleichende indogermanische Sprach­wissen­schaft, from 1909 only of Indology, when a new chair was created for IE). From 1878 at Bavarian Academy. Married 1877, widower 1878, again 1880, one daughter.

EK started as a Pāli scholar and became also interested in such questions as the languages of the Hindukush, Romani, South-East Asian languages, Barlaam and Joasaph and other contacts with other countries in the sphere of religion. His major interest were books and bibliography. He was the editor of his fathers KZ and among the editors of Orientalische Bibliographie (until 1892). Before the WW I he was the editor of vol. 1 of the planned international Pāli dictionary – and his materials finally ended up in the PTS dictionary. A bookworm who never published much himself and earned from Oldenberg the malicious characterization as “der Eunuche im Harem der Wissenschaft”. Kinder was v. Glasenapp’s “ein stark bajuvarisierter Urberliner und hervorragender Kenner der Biersorten”.

Publications: diss. Kaccâyanappakaraṇae specimen. 1. 34 p. Halle 1869; habil.diss. Id. l. 2. 14+34 p. Halle 1871.

Beiträge zur Pāli-Grammatik. B. 1875.

– “Über den ältesten arischen Bestandteil des singhalesischen Wortsatzes”, SBaAW 1879, 399-434; “Beiträge zur Sprachenkunde Hinterindiens”, SBaAW 1889, 189-236.

Barlaam und Ioasaph. Eine bibliographisch-literaturgeschichtliche Studie. 88 p. ABaAW 20:1. 1893.

ed. with W. Geiger: Grundriß der iranischen Philologie. Strassburg 1896.

Der Einfluss des arischen Indiens auf die Nachbarländer im Süden und Osten. Rektoratsrede. 28 p. München 1903.

– “Zu den arischen Anschauungen vom Königtum”, Fs. Thomsen 1912, 214-221.

Brief articles in KZ, ZDMG, LC etc.

Nachrichten über die Familie Kuhn. 1-2. 1890-1903.

Sources: D. Drüll, Heidelberger Gelehrtenlexikon 1803–1932. 1986; *W. Geiger, Kleine Schriften. 1973, 641ff.; F. Wilhelm, N.D.B. 13; H. Oertel, Fs. E. K. 1916, ix-xi, bibliography by K. G. Zistl, ibid. xii-xxv; German Wikipedia.

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