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Darwin-L Message Log 8:62 (April 1994)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<8:62>From Neve@ecol.ucl.ac.be  Mon Apr 18 04:54:34 1994

Date: Mon, 18 Apr 94 11:56:39 +0200
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu
From: Neve@ecol.ucl.ac.be
Subject: Two more Schlegels

On  14 Apr 1994 , Kathryn M Rusch <krusch@csd4.csd.uwm.edu> asked
"Who was Schlegel?"

Jonathan Loesberg <JLOESBE@american.edu> gave details on
Friedrich Schlegel (1772-1829)

Julian Smith <jsmith@epas.utoronto.ca> gave details on
August Wilhelm von  Schlegel (1767-1845)
Friedrich von Schlegel (1772-1829)
and
Hans Gunter Schlegel ( b.1924)

When looking in "Biographies for Birdwatchers" (by Barbara and Richard
Mearns, published by Academic Press, 1988), I found information on two more
Shlegels, namely Gustaaf Schlegel (1840-1903), and Hermann Schlegel
(1804-1884).

Hermann Schlegel. German ornithologist who lived most of his life in the
Netherlands. Born in Altenburg, Saxony, he studied in Vienna, joined the
staff of the Leyden Museum in 1825 and was director from 1860 until his
death. He made a great contribution to ornithology, his most important
works dealing with the Dutch overseas possessions.

Gustaaf Schlegel, son of Hermann,  was an eminent sinologist who spent 18
years in China. He was a friend of Robert Swinhoe. Having learned Chinese
from the age of 9, Gustaaf Schlegel sailed to China in October 1857. After
a few months in Macao, he moved to Amoy where he spent the next three
years. There he devoted much of his spare time studying the Chinese secret
societies, and after he published the results of his research in 1861 the
Dutch and the British authorities benefited greatly from his work. After
Amoy he spent a year in Canton to study the local dialect. He then worked
in Jakarta for 10 years.
In 1869, for a dissertation on the customs and pastimes of the Chinese, he
earned the title of Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Jena.
Later he was given the chair  of the Chinese Languages - created specially
for him - at the University of Leyden, where he taught for the rest of his
life. He was the author of 256 publications related to the Chinese and
their dialects.

The choice then widens...
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