BLOMBERG, Carl Johan

BLOMBERG, Carl Johan. Ljusdal 29.5.1838 — Härnösand 15.3.1890. Swedish School-Teacher interested in Sanskrit. Teacher in Härnösand. Son of a mayor. From 1855 studies at Uppsala, 1863 fil.kand., 1965 diss., 1866 Ph.D. In 1869-70 in France, Germany, and England. Began his career as a school teacher already during study time, since 1870 teacher of Swedish and philosophy in Härnösand until his death. In 1870-80 also the editor of the newspaper Härnösands-posten and member of the town council, from 1882 member of the parliament. Married 1880 Maria Amalia Karolina Hallström (1853–1918).

CJBl was a talented linguist, who knew many languages. In Sanskrit he was more or less autodidact and never published anything, but his posthumous paper in Uppsala testify of the thoroughness of his studies. According to Charpentier, especially the lexical notes on MIA were certainly worth of publishing, when they were made. These papers contain also a good, but unfinished translation of the Vikramorvaśīya and some Rigvedic hymns in Swedish. He also planned to write a history of the art of writing, an etymological dictionary of Swedish, etc.

Publications: a few studies on Swedish dialects (e.g. of Ångermanland); “Om qvantitet och accent i de indisk-europeiska språken”, Bilaga till Inbjudning till bivistande af årsexamen vid h. elem. lärov. i Hernösand. 1877.

Sources: Charpentier, “Indologiska studier i Sverige”, Svenska Orientsällsk. Årsbok 1924, 65f.; H. Geijer, Sv. biogr. lex. 5, 1925, 27-32 (with photo); briefly in Swedish Wikipedia.

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