Leitner (to G. Zeller)
KJKARTTU at elo.Helsinki.fi
Thu Jun 5 14:23:35 UTC 1997
As I suppose this might be interesting to others, too, I send it through
Liebe Frau Dr. Zeller,
leider war ich weg in Leiden und konnte darum nicht frueher diese
Information zu senden. Ich habe keine besonders gute Quellen ueber
Leitner gefunden, aber jedenfalls scheint es mir, dass ich ein bisschen
mehr als die andere habe.
Mit besten Gruessen
LEITNER, Gottlieb Wilhelm. Pest 14.10.1840 - Bonn 22.3.1899. Hungarian
Indologist in the U.K. and India. Professor in Lahore. Son of a
physician, moved in 1847 to Constantinople, educated there and in
London. In the age of 15 he served as interpreter to the British in the
Crimean war. From 1859 Lecturer in Arabic, Turcic and Modern Greek at
King's College in London, from 1861 Professor of Arabic and Mohammadan
Law ibid. Ph.D. 1862 Freiburg (Breisgau or Switzerland?). In 1864
"borrowed" to India (keeping his London chair) to assist in the
foundation of Lahore University, in 1864-84 served as Director of the
Government Oriental College and Registrar of the University there. In
1866-67 travelled in Kashmir, Ladakh and Dardistan on behalf of Panjab
government. In 1887 retired from India and became the Director of Royal
Dramatic College in Woking, which he turned into an Oriental Institute.
GWL was the founder of Dardic philology and the first to study and
describe several new languages found during his field tour. He was also
interested in Buddhist antiquities and the Gandharan art.
Publications: Results of a Tour in Dardistan, Kashmir, Little Tibet,
Ladak. 1-5. 1866-71 (perhaps same as the next).
- The Races and Languages of Dardistan. 1-3. 1867-71, 2nd ed. 1877.
- The People and Language of Hunza. 18??.
- further articles and books on Indology, Arabic and Turkish.
Sources: Das Gelehrte Ungarn; O.B.L. 5; Buckland, Dictionary; not in
Magy. Eletr. lex.; a defective bibliography in Bollettini del quarto
Congresso intern. degli Orientalisti. Firenze 1878, 24-26.
(Diacritics have been removed for e-mail. I have not yet had time to
check his publications from the N.U.Catalogue and the B.L.Catalogue)
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