Wackernagel, Jacob
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Swiss Indo-European scholar. Born Basel 11. 12. 1853, died there 22. 5. 1938. Studied classics, Germanic studies and history at Basel, Göttingen, Leipzig and Oxford; 1875 doctorate at Basel. 1876 priv.-doz. there in Greek language and literature and Sanskrit; 1879 prof. ext., 1881 prof. ord. there. From 1902 prof. ord. in comparative linguistics at Göttingen, 1915–1936 at Basel in the same capacity; retired 1936.

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W., the son of the Germanist Wilhelm W., who had been appointed to Basel from Berlin,…

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Visser, Edzard, “Wackernagel, Jacob”, 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 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps6_COM_00736>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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