WIMMER, Ludvig Frands Adalbert. Ringkøbing 7.2.1839 — Copenhagen 29.4.1920. Danish Linguist. Son of a civil servant, educated in Kolding and Ribe. Studied at Copenhagen Germanics, classics, comparative linguistics and Sanskrit (under Westergaard), even Arabic and Hebrew. Ph.D. there 1868. A great admirer of Rask. From 1871 PD in comparative linguistics, from 1875 in Nordic Philology at Copenhagen. After Westergaard’s death in 1878 he applied for the chair of Sanskrit, but lost it to Fausbøll. In 1886-1910 Professor of Nordic Philology at Copenhagen, in 1891-1910 also Rector of the university.
Publications: Diss. on Old Danish declension.
– Ed. Rask, “Udsigt over den iranske, indiske og malebariske sprogklasse. Med Tillæg af L.W.”, Tijdskr. for Philol. or Paed. 4, 1863.
– Rasmus Kristian Rask. København 1887.
– much on runes, germanistics and linguistics.
Sources: P. Diderichsen, Dansk Biogr. Lex. 2nd ed. 26, 1944, 35-45; E. Pauly, Køb. Univ. 8, 1992, 537; Danish Wikipedia.
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