Friedrich Hirth

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Hirth and wife in 1872

Friedrich Hirth, Ph.D. (16 April 1845 in Gräfentonna, Saxe-Gotha – 10 January 1927 in Munich) was a German-American sinologist.[1]


He was educated at the universities of Leipzig, Berlin, and Greifswald (Ph.D., 1869). He was in the Chinese maritime customs service from 1870 to 1897; in 1902, Professor Hirth was appointed to the professorship of Chinese in Columbia University (New York City).

Prior to World War II, a collection of Chinese manuscripts and printed books made by him was in the Royal Library at Berlin, and another of porcelains of considerable historical importance in the Gotha Museum; most of the Hirth collection from the Staatsbibliothek in Berlin is now in Kraków.[2] As an investigator he conducted researches in Chinese literature by imitation of the methods of classical philology.


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  1. ^ "HIRTH, Friedrich". Who's Who in America. Vol. 6. 1910. p. 916. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2011-06-03. 


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