Sigismund Koelle

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Sigismund Wilhelm Kölle (July 14, 1820, Cleebronn-February 18, 1902, London) was a German missionary, and pioneer scholar of the languages of Africa.

After training in a missionary house in Basel, he transferred in 1845 to the Church Mission Society based in London. From 1847 he was in Sierra Leone, where he taught at Fourah Bay College.[1] There he collected a large sample of linguistic material, some of it from freed slaves. His major work, Polyglotta Africana (1854), began the serious study by European scholars of a large range of African languages


  1. ^ Fyfe, Christopher (1972). Africanus Horton, West African Scientist and Patriot. Oxford University Press. 

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