Gelb, Ignace Jay (Jerzy)
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Polish-American Orientalist and Assyriologist. Born Jerzy G. in Tarnau (Austrian Galicia, now Tarnów, Poland) 14. 10. 1907, died Chicago 22. 12. 1985. 1925–1929 studied classics, Semitic studies, linguistics and Assyriology at Rome with Giorgio Levi della Vida and Karl Beloch; doctorate there 1929. From 1932, research assistant at Oriental Institute, Univ. of Chicago; from 1937 assistant prof., from 1943 prof., from 1965 Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Prof., Chicago. Retired 1980.

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Foster, Benjamin Read, “Gelb, Ignace Jay (Jerzy)”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 6 : History of classical Scholarship - A Biographical Dictionary, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2014). Original German-language edition: Geschichte der Altertumswissenschaften: Biographisches Lexikon. Herausgegeven von Peter Kuhlmann und Helmuth Schneider. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 6. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2012). Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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