SMITH, Helmer

SMITH, Helmer. Boo, Stockholms län 26.4.1882 — 9.1.1956. Swedish Indologist. Professor in Uppsala. Son of an engineer, Henning Smith (of distant British origin), and Fanny Sehlstedt (d. 1929). Matriculated from Stockholm in 1900. Studies at Uppsala: fil.kand. 1904, fil.lic. 1908. In 1909-20 further studies in Berlin, Paris (Bloch) and Copenhagen…

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SCHLEGEL, August Wilhelm von

SCHLEGEL, August Wilhelm von. Hannover 5.9.1767 — Bonn 12.5.1845. German Indologist, Classical Scholar and Art Historian. Professor in Bonn. Son of Johann Adolf S., priest and author, of and old cultural family, and Erdmuthe Hübsch, nephew of the poet Johann Elias S., himself started early the career of a poet.…

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SCHEFTELOWITZ, Isidor

SCHEFTELOWITZ, Isidor Isaac. Sandersleben/Anhalt 1.5.1875 — Oxford 17.12. 1934. German (Jewish) Indo-Iranian Scholar. Professor and Rabbi in Köln. Son of a rabbi. After school in Königsberg worked in trade, from 1897 studies at Königsberg and Berlin. Ph.D. 1901 Königsberg (under Bezzenberger). Rabbinical studies in Berlin, graduated 1903. In 1906-07 in…

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SCERBO, Francesco

SCERBO, Francesco. Marcellinara (Catanzaro) 7.10.1849 — 13.10.Rome 1927. Italian Linguist and Oriental (Hebrew & Sanskrit) Scholar. Professor in Florence. Of modest origin. From 1863 studies at seminary of Nicastro. Ordained priest 1873. Continued his studies at Florence concentrating on Semitics, but also Sanskrit under De Gubernatis. Dottore in lettere.  From…

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SAUSSURE, Ferdinand de

SAUSSURE, Ferdinand de. Geneva 26.9.1857 — Vufflens-le-Château, Vaud 22.2.1913. Swiss Linguist. Professor in Geneva. Son of Henri Louis Frédéric de S., a zoologist, and Louise de Pourtalès, the family was originally of Lorrainean nobility settled in Switzerland in the 16th century. Brother Sinologist Léopold de S. (1866-1925). After school in…

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WOOD, Francis Asbury

WOOD, Francis Asbury. Point Bluff, Wis. 17.1.1859 — La Jolla, Calif. 19.6.1948. U.S. IE and Germanic Linguist. Son of Rev. Harvey Colcord W. and Ann Jane Ellis. Educated at Northwestern University (A.B. 1880, A.M. 1883). In 1988-90 further studies at Göttingen in Germany. In 1890-93 Professor of Greek and Latin…

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WINTERNITZ, Moriz

WINTERNITZ, Moriz. Horn/Nieder-Österreich 23.12.1863 — Prague 9.1. 1937. Austrian Indologist in Czechoslovakia. Professor in Prague. Son of a modest Jewish shop-keeper. In 1880-85 studied at Vienna classics and Sanskrit (under Bühler). Ph.D. 1886 Wien. In 1886-91 Assistant to Max Müller in Oxford, from 1891 taught at Oxford High School for…

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WINDISCH, Ernst Wilhelm Oskar

WINDISCH, Ernst Wilhelm Oskar. Dresden 4.9.1844 — Dresden 30.10. 1918. German Indologist and Celtic Scholar. Professor in Leipzig. Son of a schoolteacher. From 1863 studied at Leipzig classics, Germanic (under Zarncke), Sanskrit (Brockhaus) and Comparative Linguistics (Curtius). Ph.D. 1867 Leipzig. PD in Sanskrit and Comparative Linguistics 1869 Leipzig. From 1868…

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WINDEKENS, Albert Joris van

WINDEKENS, Albert Joris van. Mountain-Ash, Wales 23.4.1915 — Leuven 28.3. 1989. Belgian Linguist. Professor in Louvain. Dr. en philologie classique 1939, Dr. en philol. & histoire orientales 1941. From 1944 taught at Université Catholique de Louvain: 1944 agrégé, 1946 maître de conférences, 1947 chargé de cours and from 1951 Professor.…

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WHITNEY, William Dwight

WHITNEY, William Dwight. Nothampton, Mass. 9.2.1827 — New Haven, Conn. 7/8.6. 1894. U.S. Indologist. Professor in New Haven. Born in an old Yankee family as the son of a businessman, Josiah Dwight Whitney, and Sarah Williston. Educated in 1842-45 at Williams College (B.A. 1845). In 1845-49 he worked in his…

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