MÜLLER, Friedrich Wilhelm Karl

MÜLLER, Friedrich Wilhelm Karl. Neudamm near Frankfurt a.d. Oder 21.1.1863 — Berlin 18.4.1930. German Central Asian Scholar. Museum Director in Berlin. In 1873 moved to Berlin, attended Französisches Gymnasium (as Le Coq), and from 1883 studied at Berlin University theology and Oriental languages (under Sachau and Grube). Ph.D. 1889 Leipzig. From 1887 Hilfsarbeiter in the just-founded Museum für Völkerkunde (under Bastian), from 1896 Direktorialassistent, from 1906 Director of Ostasiatische Abteilung. Title of Professor 1906. Retired in 1928. Mainly engaged in the duties of organization and administration, but in 1901 he travelled in China, Japan and Corea collecting material for the Museum.

FWKM started his major study, interpretation of Turfan fragments, only after his election to Prussian Academy in 1905. He was a polyglot who knew many Semitic and Indo-European languages, Chinese, Japanese, Turkish and Malay. His competence in Chinese was deemed excellent and he knew closely the Chinese Buddhist canon. He founded the Tocharian hypothesis and his Handschriften-Reste started the study of Manichaic literature in Sogdian and Uigur. He led a hermit’s life avoiding contact even with colleagues with the exception of a few close friends.

Publications: diss. Die Chronologie des Simeon Šanqlâwâyâ nach den drei Berliner Handschriften dargestellt. 1889 (Syriac).

– “Handschriftenreste in Estrangeloschrift aus Turfan”, SBeAW 1904; “Eine Hermas-Stelle in manich. Version”, SBeAW 1905; “Die ‘persischen’ Kalenderausdrücke im chinesischen Tripiṭaka”, SBeAW 1907:1, 458-465; and other articles.

– “Toxrï and Kuišan (Küšän)”, SBeAW 1918:1, 566-586, 2 pl..

Uigurica. I. 60 p. ABeAW 1908 (Christian); II. 110 p. ABeAW 1910 (Buddhist); III. Avadāna-Bruchstücke. 93 p. ABeAW 1920:2; IV. with A. von Gabain, SBeAW 1931, 675-727 (more Avadānas).

Ein Doppelblatt aus einem manichäischen Hymnenbuch. ABeAW 1912.

Sogdische Texte. 111 p. ABeAW 1912:2; II. SBeAW 1934, 504-607.

small Sogdian fragments in SBeAW 1909, 1925, 1926; Uigurian in ABeAW 1915 & SBeAW 1928.

Sources: *D. Durkin-Meisterernst, Enc. Iran. 2004; E. Erkes, Art. As. 3, 1928/29, 240f.; *S. F. Ol’denburg, Izv.A.N.SSR 7th ser. 1930:6, 377-382; E. D. Ross, JRAS 1930, 967-969; H. Walravens, N.D.B. 18, 381f.; *F. Weller, B. Schindler & F. M. Trautz, AM 2, 1925, vii-xvi with photo and bibliography; photo in Stache-Rosen; TP 27, 1930; Wikipedia.

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