FAIRBANKS, Gordon Hubert. Calgary, Alberta 1913 — 13.7.1985. Canadian Linguist, NIA, IE, Russian and Armenian Scholar in the U.S.A. Citizen of the U.S.A. Professor in Ithaca and Hawaii. Educated at University of Alberta (B.A. 1937, M.A. 1938). In 1938-39 and in 1940-41 Assistant of German at University of Wisconsin in Madison. In 1941-45 Assistant Professor at Southwestern University. In 1948 Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, in comparative IE philology. From 1945 at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.: 1945-47 Instructor, 1947-50 Assistant Professor, 1950-57 Associate Professor, 1957-70 Professor. Visiting Professor at Deccan College in Poona in 1955-56 and 1958-59, in Delhi in 1963-64. From 1970 to 1978 or 1980 Professor of Linguistics at University of Hawaii in Manoa. From 1979 Hermann Collitz Professor of IE in Urbana, Illinois. In 1941 married, two daughters. At Cornell he had a number of South Asian students. Also interested in Dravidian. His main work, however, was the History of Russian Phonology.
Publications: diss. Phonology and morphology of modern spoken West Armenian. 12+103 p. 1948.
– with others: Hindi Exercises and Reading. Ithaca 1955; Hindi me kaarak. 1960.
– with P. B. Pandit: Hindi, a Spoken Approach. 1965.
– with Bal Govind Misra: Spoken and written Hindi. 1966, 6th ed. 503 p. Ithaca 1984.
– with J. W. Gair & M. W. S. De Silva: Colloquial Sinhalese. 1-2. 390+251 p. 34 cassettes. N.Y. 1968-?? (or 1960?), 2nd ed. 1981-84.
– A Russian Area Reader. 1951; Russian Readings in Popular Science. 1963; Basic Conversational Russian. 1964; History of Russian Phonology. 1965.
– with others: Spoken East Armenian. 1958.
– articles on linguistics.
Sources: Dir. Am. Sch. 6th ed. 3, 1974 & 8th ed. 3, 1982; D. P. Pattanayak, IL 46, 1985.