Walter Simon (sinologist)

Walter Simon
Born (1893-06-10)10 June 1893
Berlin, Germany
Died 22 February 1981(1981-02-22) (aged 87)
London, England
Institutions SOAS, University of London
Alma mater University of Berlin
Notable students Edwin G. Pulleyblank

Ernest Julius Walter Simon CBE FBA (10 June 1893  22 February 1981) was a German sinologist and librarian. He was born in Berlin and lived there, being educated at the University of Berlin, until he fled the Nazis to London in 1934, where he spent all the rest of his life except for brief periods as a visiting professor in various countries, teaching Chinese at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London from 1947 to 1960. He made great contributions to historical Chinese phonology and Sino-Tibetan linguistics.


Simon was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1961.

Publications on Chinese linguistics

Publications on Tibetan linguistics


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