THESLEFF, Arthur

THESLEFF, Arthur. Viipuri 5.3.1871 — Stockholm 17.12.1920. Finnish Botanist (Mycologist) and Gipsy Scholar. Son of Colonel Fredrik Vilhelm Th. and Olga Maria Thesleff. From 1890 studied botany at Helsinki. In the late 1890s fieldwork  among gipsies in Finland, Sweden, Russia, Hungary and Poland. In 1906 moved to Sweden and in 1906…

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SMART, Bath C.

SMART, Bath Charles. 1838 — 1887. British Physician interested in Gipsy Language. M.D. Worked in Manchester. Publications: The Dialect of the English Gypsies. 1863, 2nd rev. & enl. ed. with H. T. Crofton. 23+302 p. L. 1875. Sources: Wikisource, no further information found.

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ROTHKIRCH-PANTHEN, Hugo von

ROTHKIRCH-PANTHEN, Hugo Bernhard Sigismund von. Breslau 22.4.1812 — Breslau 16.3.1868. German Astronomer, also interested in Linguistics. Of Silesian nobility. After Ritterakademie Liegnitz and Elisabet-Gymnasium in Breslau studies at Breslau. Began with law, but also took languages and mathematics and eventually astronomy. Worked as calculator in Breslau observatory. Publications: “Über Ursprung und Sprache der…

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VALTONEN, Pertti

VALTONEN, Pertti. 1933 — 1999. Finnish Gipsy Scholar. Studies of Indology, etc. at Helsinki. M.A. 1964 and Lic.Phil. 1968 Helsinki (under Aalto). Then worked as elementary schoolteacher in Imatra in Eastern Finland. His planned Ph.D. dissertation about Indo-Aryan elements in Finnish Romani was never completed, but the manuscript was left…

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UHLIK, Rade

UHLIK, Rade. Sarajevo 1.2.1899 — Sarajevo 12.6.1991. Yugoslavian Linguist and Gipsy Scholar. Born in a Lutheran family. Studied Germanistics at Belgrad and worked as schoolteacher. Later custos in Bosnia-Hercegovina Museum in Sarajevo. Publications: Romane glilja / Ciganske pesme. 70 p. Prijedor 1937 (Gipsy Songs); O Devlikano Ramope e Sumnale. Beograd 1938…

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SAMPSON, John

SAMPSON, John. Schull, County Cork 25.2.1862 — West Kirkby, Cheshire 9.11.1931. British (Irish) Gipsy Scholar. Son of James S., a chemist and mining engineer from Cornwall, and Sarah Anne MacDermott. The family moved to Liverpool, when he was nine.He was mainly self-taught as he early lost his father (1872 or…

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RÜDIGER, Johann Christian Christoph

RÜDIGER, Johann Christian Christoph. Burg near Magdeburg 9.5.1751 — 21.10.1822. German Cameralist. From 1768 studies at Halle. PD 1777 and from 1791 ao. Professor and still 1791 also ord. at Halle. Also a linguist. He was the first to realize the NIA nature of the Gipsy language in 1782. Publications: Edited:…

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SOWA, Rudolf von

SOWA, Rudolf von. Lemberg (now Lviv, Ukraina) 30.1.1853 — Brünn (Brno) 29.9.1900. Austrian (of Poland) Schoolteacher, Linguist and Gipsy Scholar. Ph.D. Gymnasium Professor of Classics at the German Gymnasium of Brünn from at least 1890 until his death. Publications: “Zur Aussprache des Westarmenischen”, 14 p. Progr. Stadtgymnasium Trübau 1882. –…

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ROZWADOWSKI, Jan Michał

ROZWADOWSKI, Jan Michał. Czarna near Tarnów 7.12.1867 — Warsaw 14.3.1935. Polish IE and Slavic Linguist and Gipsy Scholar. Professor in Cracow. Studies of classics at Cracow, graduated 1891. In 1891-95 further studies at Leipzig under Brugman and Leskien. From 1897 PD and from 1899 eo. Professor at Cracow, from 1904…

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TURNER, Ralph Lilley

TURNER, Ralph Lilley. Charlton, London (or Cambridge?) 5.10.1888 — Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire 22.4.1983. Sir (1950). British Indologist. Professor in London. Son of George S. Turner and Bertha Lilley. Learned Sanskrit at Perse School in Cambridge from —> W. H. D. Rouse, who was its Headmaster. Studied classical and Oriental languages at…

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