Morgenstierne during a field work in Chitral, Pakistan
India and Iran
|Main interests||Indo-Iranian languages|
Georg Valentin von Munthe af Morgenstierne (1892 Oslo, Norway – 1978, Oslo, Norway) was a Norwegian professor of linguistics with the University of Oslo (UiO). He specialized in Indo-Iranian languages.
During the years 1923 to 1971 Morgenstierne carried out field works in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Iran. In 1924, he undertook the first of his two major linguistic expeditions. He arrived in Kabul with a personal letter of introduction to the King of Afghanistan, from the King of Norway. Together with studying the languages, Morgenstierne collected remarkable scientific materials from the culture of the regional people, like images, movies from pre-Islamic ceremonial dances and sound recordings from nearly extinct languages. The materials are available in his database at the National Library of Norway.
- His publications listed in BIBSYS
- Report on a Linguistic Mission to Afghanistan. Instituttet for Sammenlignende Kulturforskning, Serie C I-2. Oslo. ISBN 0-923891-09-9
- Report on a Linguistic Mission to North-Western India by Georg Morgenstierne ISBN 0-923891-14-5
Further reading 
- Nils Johan Ringdal: Georg Valentin von Munthe af Morgenstiernes forunderlige liv og reiser Aschehoug 2008 ISBN 978-82-03-18833-6 (Norwegian)
- Ulf Andenæs: En norsk legende i Orienten. Bokanmeldelse i Aftenposten Kultur 22. may 2008 side 10 (Norwegian)
- National Library of Norway
- Search the general Morgenstierne database in the National Library of Norway site
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