David Gordon Lyon
Lyon was born in Benton, Alabama, the son of a doctor. He received his A.B. from Howard College (now Samford University) in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1875. He studied at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary under Crawford Howell Toy, and went to Germany, where he married Tosca Woehler (d. 1904) and received his Ph.D. from the University of Leipzig in 1882, in the study of Syriac.
He occupied the Hollis Chair at Harvard Divinity School from 1882 to 1910, when he assumed the Hancock professorship of Hebrew and other Oriental languages. Six years after Tosca Woehler's death (1904) he married Mabel E. Harris (d. 1931). He was the founding curator of the Semitic Museum. He retired from Harvard in 1921.
David Gordon Lyon kept a diary for over 30 years of his life. All of the diaries are now digitized and soon will be transcribed into a human and machine-readable form. A goldmine of information about his times, the history of Harvard University and the field of assyriology.
- Pfeiffer, Robert H. (1936). "David Gordon Lyon (1852-1935)". Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 70 (10): 552–54. JSTOR 20023182.
- Unitarian year book. American Unitarian Association. 1902. p. 136.
- "The History of the Divinity School". Harvard Alumni Bulletin. 1916. pp. 114–18. Retrieved 24 December 2010.
- "Prof. Lyon to retire: He becomes professor emeritus after 40 years' service at Harvard". The New York Times. 26 November 1921. Retrieved 24 December 2010.
- "Founder of Semitic Museum, Professor of Languages, Dies: David G. Lyon Had Been Teaching at Harvard Since 1882". The Harvard Crimson. 5 December 1935. Retrieved 24 December 2010.
- General catalogue issue. Harvard University, C.W. Sever. 1909. p. 660.
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