Wilhelm Max Müller

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Wilhelm Max Müller
Born(1862-05-15)15 May 1862
DiedJuly 1919 (1919-08) (aged 57)
Cause of deathAccidental drowning
Academic background
Alma materLeipzig University (PhD)
Academic work

Wilhelm Max Müller (15 May 1862 – July 1919) was an American orientalist.


He was born at Gleißenberg, Germany, the son of Friedrich Max Müller and the grandson of German romantic poet Wilhelm Müller. He was educated at Erlangen, Berlin, Munich, and Leipzig, where he received his Ph.D. He was one of the last students of the Egyptologist Georg Ebers.[1]

Müller emigrated to the United States in 1888. He was a professor at the Reformed Episcopal Seminary in Philadelphia beginning in 1890. During several years (1904, 1906, 1910), he engaged in archaeological work in Egypt for the Carnegie Institution. He lectured on Egyptology at the University of Pennsylvania, and purchased papyri in Egypt for the University Museum.

He died in a drowning accident in Wildwood, New Jersey, in July 1919.


  • Asien und Europa nach altägyptischen Denkmälern ("Asia and Europe after the Egyptian Monuments," 1893)
  • Die Liebespoesie der alten Aegypter ("The Love Poetry of the Ancient Egyptians," 1899)
  • Müller, Max (1904). "The Egyptian Monument of Tell Esh-Shihab". Quarterly statement - Palestine Exploration Fund. 36: 78–80. doi:10.1179/peq.1904.36.1.78.
  • Egyptian Mythology, vol. XII in Marshall Jones, ed., The Mythology of All Races, Boston, 1918; New York: Dover, 2005, ISBN 0-486-43674-8

He was a contributor to the Encyclopædia Biblica and the Jewish Encyclopædia. After 1905 he served as joint editor of the Gesenius Hebrew Dictionary. He wrote on the identification of Keftiu and concluded that it could not be Phoenicia.

Further reading[edit]

On his involvement with the acquisition and early organization of the papyri and related materials in the Egyptology collection at the University of Pennsylvania Museum, see John R. Abercrombie. "A History of the acquisition of papyri and related written material in the University Museum". University of Pennsylvania.


  1. ^ "MÜLLER, W. Max". Who's Who. Vol. 59. 1907. p. 1273.


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