VOIGT, Wolfgang. Friedenau/Berlin 17.7.1911 — Berlin 30.8.1982. German Indologist. Editor of the V.O.H.D. Studied at Berlin Indology (Lüders, Breloer), Iranian (Schaeder) and Theology, then at Marburg Sanskrit and Tibetan (Nobel), Religion (Heiler) and Theology. Ph.D. 1936 Marburg. First Theological examination 1937. From 1937 worked in Berlin University Library, from 1939 in Prussian State Library, from 1941 as librarian. Participated in the war, was wounded and taken in interment in 1940-46. After the war worked in the Library of West Germany in Marburg. From 1949, as Director of the Oriental Division of Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz, he created the division anew, retired from the library in 1976. In 1957 among the founders of the V.O.H.D., from 1961 its editor. Also Director of Nepal-German Manuscript Preservation Project. In 1964-80 Vorsitzender of Glasenapp-Stiftung. Hon.dr. 1975 Hamburg. Married.
Voigt always held himself as an Indologist, although his few publications were not dealing with it. At the same time, his work as organiser was of a great and permanent value.
Publications: Diss. Die Wertung des Tieres in dem zarathuštrischen Religion. 61 p. Christentum und Fremdreligionen 5. Munich 1937.
– Orient-Literatur in Deutschland und Österreich 1945–50. 46 p. Marburg 1950.
– Articles about the V.O.H.D.; edited ZDMG Suppl. 1-2; founded and edited the Journal of the Nepal Research Centre.
Sources: Folia rara. Festschrift W. Voigt. V.O.H.D. Suppl. 19. Wb. 1976, with photo; ZDMG 135, 1985, with another photo; *E. Vesper, Zeitschrift für Bibliothekswesen 29, 1982.