Georg Gerland

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Georg Cornelius Karl Gerland (29 January 1833, in Kassel – 16 February 1919, in Strasbourg) was a German anthropologist and geophysicist.

He studied classical philology, Germanistics and anthropology at the universities of Berlin and Marburg.[1] From 1856 to 1875 he successively worked as a gymnasium teacher in Kassel, Hanau, Magdeburg and Halle an der Saale, and in 1875 was named a professor of ethnology and geography at the University of Strasbourg. In 1900 he became director of the Imperial Central Bureau for Earthquake Research in Strasbourg.[2]

Published works[edit]

From 1887 onward, he edited the Beiträge zur Geophysik, a journal of geophysics eventually known as Gerlands Beiträge zur Geophysik.[3] After the death of Theodor Waitz, he edited and published the last two volumes of Waitz's Die Anthropologie der Naturvölker (6 volumes, 1859–65).[4][5] In addition, he was the author of a handful of biographies in the Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie.[6] Other written efforts by Gerland include:

  • Der altgriechische Dativ, zunächst des Singularis, 1859 – The ancient Greek dative.
  • Ueber Goethe's historische Stellung; eine Abhandlung, 1865 – On Goethe's historical position.
  • Altgriechische märchen in der Odyssee, ein beitrag zur vergleichenden mythologie, 1869 – Ancient Greek fairy tale in the Odyssey.
  • Intensiva und Iterativa und ihr Verhältnis zu einander : eine sprachwiszenschaftliche Abhandlung, 1869 – Intensiva and Iterativa and their relation to one another.
  • Anthropologische Beiträge, 1875 – Anthropological contributions.
  • Immanuel Kant : seine geographischen und anthropologischen Arbeiten, 1906 – Immanuel Kant, his geographical and anthropological works.
  • Der Mythus von der Sintflut, 1912 – The flood myth.[7]