LENTZ, Otto Hellmut Wolfgang

LENTZ, Otto Helmut Wolfgang. Hameln 23.2.1900 — Marburg 8.12.1986. German Iranian Scholar. Professor in Hamburg. Son of Dr. Alfred L., director of girls’ Gymnasium in Hameln, where he went to school. In 1918-23 studies of IE and classical languages, later also Iranian and Indo-Aryan and Semitic languages at München and Göttingen (under Andreas, Oldenberg, Sieg, Lidzbarski, Reitzenstein and Fick). Ph.D. 1923 Göttingen. In 1924-42 scientific collaborator of Prussian Academy in Berlin, where he conducted further studies under Lüders, Westermann and Wethlo. In 1928 participated in the German-Russian Alai Pamir Expedition, in 1934 in the German Hindukush Expedition. Further travels in Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Iran. In 1942-45 served as Sergeant in the army, after the war worked in various positions in Ansbach. From 1950 taught at Hamburg University, first as Assistant, from 1951 PD for Iranian, from 1955 eo. Professor and from 1964 ord. Professor. In 1968 retired and moved to Marburg. In 1957-58 Visiting Professor at Columbia University, 1960-61 at University of Texas in Austin, 1972-73 at Giessen and 1973-74 at Mainz. He was twice married and had three daughters from the first and one son from the second.

WL was a many-sided scholar of Iranian languages, with main interests in Central Asian fragments in Middle Persian, Parthian and Sogdian, in the Avesta and in Pamir languages. He did an important pioneer work on Manichaean fragments

Publications: diss. publ. as “Nordiranische Elemente in der neupersischen Literatursprache bei Firdosi”, ZII 4, 1926, 251-316.

with E. Waldschmidt: Die Stellung Jesú im Manichäismus. ABeAW 1926:4; “Manichäische Dogmatik aus chinesischen und iranischen Texten”, SBeAW 1933.

Auf dem Dach der Welt. Mit Phonograph und Kamera bei vergessenen Völkern des Pamir. 353 p. 10 pl. B. 1931.

Pamir-Dialekte. 1. Materialien zur Kenntnis der Schugni-Gruppe. 12+288 p. Göttingen 1933.

– “War Marco Polo auf dem Pamir?”, ZDMG 86, 1933, 1-32.

Zeitrechnung im Nuristan und am Pamir. 1939, new ed. 211 p. 11 tables. Graz 1978

Yasna 28. Kommentierte Übersetzung. AWL Mainz 1954:16.

Noten und Abhandlungen zu Goethes Divan. 1958.

articles, e.g. “Attar als Allegoriker”, Der Islam 35, 1960, 52–96.

Sources: *W. Eilers, Der Islam 65, 1988, 5–7; R. N. Frye, St. Ir. 16, 1987, 259f.; Bio-bibliogr. Acta Ir. 20, 1979, 336f.; *R. N. Frye (ed.), Neue Methodologie in der Iranistik. Festschrift W. L. 1974 (with bibliography); G. Gropp, Enc. Iranica 2002; *H.-P. Schmidt, ZDMG 139, 1989, 1–20; briefly D.B.E. 6, 1997, 120; German Wikipedia.

image_print

Kommentare sind geschlossen.