PFUNGST, Arthur

PFUNGST, Arthur Joseph. Frankfurt a.M. 9.3.1864 — Frankfurt a.M. 3.10.1912. German Industrialist, Poet and Bauddha. Son of Julius Pf., a tobacco merchant, and Rosette Bertha Oppenheim. Studied chemistry and mathematics at Leipzig (dr. 1886). Succeeded his father as one of the owners of Naxos-Union (manufacturing grinding machines)  in Frankfurt/Main, but mainly concentrated on Buddhist studies. As poet he also used the nom-de-plume Arthur Cornelius. Apparently unmarried.

Publications: Diss. Über die Einwirkung der Nitroethane auf die Chlorhydrine mehrwertiger Alkohole. Lp. 1886.

Der Suttanipata. 1889 (Uragavagga transl.); Ein deutscher Buddhist. Oberpräsidialrat Theodor Schulze. 50 p. St. 1899; Aus der indischen Kulturwelt. Gesammelte Aufsätze. 201 p. St. 1904; In Mamas Reich. Eine Dichtung. Fragment. 31 p. Frankfurt 1909.

Edited the Gītā with Boxberger’s translation and a glossary. 1906.

Translated Rhys Davids’ Buddhism into German: Der Buddhismus. 264+78 p. Lp. 1899; E. Arnold, Die Leuchte Asiens. 1887.

– Poems and other writings.

Gesammelte Werke. Hrsg. von Marie Pfungst. 1-2. 128+400, 8+559 p. Frankfurt/Main 1926.

Sources: *Biography in Gesammelte Werke. 1, 1926; D. Rebentisch, N.D.B. 20, 2001, 367f.; German Wikipedia with photo.

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