BONFANTE, Giuliano

BONFANTE, Giuliano. Milano 6.8.1904 — Rome 9.9.2005. Italian IE and Romance Linguist. Son of Pietro B. (1864-1932), Professor and scholar of the history of Roman law. Studies of literature and law in Rome. Professor from 1929 at Naples, in 1933-37 in Madrid, Spain, 1938-52 in Geneva, Switzerland, 1939-52 at Princeton,…

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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 Lorraine nobility, settled in Switzerland in the 16th century. His brother was Sinologist Léopold de S. (1866-1925). After…

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PICTET, Adolphe

PICTET, Adolphe. Lancy, Kanton Geneva 9/11.9.1799 — Geneva 12/20.12.1875. Swiss Officer and IE Scholar. Teacher and Docent in Geneva. Son of the well known diplomat and politician, the member of Genevan Government Charles Pictet-de Rochemont, and Sara Rochemont. Studies at Hofwyl (Bern), then aesthetics and philosophy from 1820 in Paris,…

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OLTRAMARE, Paul

OLTRAMARE, Jean Paul Gamaliel. Geneva 6.4.1854 — Geneva 22.10.1930. Swiss Indologist and Scholar of Religion. Professor in Geneva. Son of André O., the Professor of Latin at Geneva University, of an old Genevan family, and and Jeanne Louise Andrienne Fournier. Studies of sciences and humanities at Geneva in 1872-75 (started…

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DEUSSEN, Paul

DEUSSEN, Paul Jakob. Oberdreis/Westerwald, Kr. Neuwied 7.1.1845 — Kiel 6.7.1919. German Indologist and Philosopher. Professor in Kiel. Son of Adam D., a minister, and Jakobine Ingelbach. Attended Gymnasium in Elberfeld and Landesschule in Pforta, where his classmate and future life-long friend Friedrich Nietzsche introduced him to Schopenhauer’s philosophy. In 1864-69…

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CUENDET, Georges

CUENDET, Georges. Geneva 5.9.1897 — 1980. Swiss Linguist interested in Sanskrit. Educated at Collège de Genève, studies at universities of Geneva (Bally), Basel, and Paris (Meillet at É.P.H.É., also É.L.O.V.). Dr. ès lettres 1924 Geneva. In the 1930s teacher of Latin and Greek at Collège de Nyon and in 1938-63…

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BALLY, Charles-Louis

BALLY, Charles-Louis. Geneva 4.2.1865 — Geneva 10.4.1947. Swiss Linguist and Greek scholar. Son of a teacher, Jean B., and Henriette Ruffini, lost early his father (1870). From 1883 studied mainly Greek philology at Geneva, in the 1890s became de Saussure’s student, now also learned Sanskrit. Further studies at Berlin (dr.ph.…

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