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Konstantin Reichardt

Konstantin Reichardt, Russian educator. Decorated knight’s cross Icelandic Order Falcons, 1972. Member Icelandic Academy Science.


  • Reichardt, Konstantin was born on April 30, 1904 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Son of Robert and Adelheid (Hoffmann) Reichardt.

  • Education

    • Student School of Swiss Reformed Church, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1912-1914, Maximilians Gymnasium, Munich, Germany, 1914-1915, Prinz Heinrichs Gymnasium, Berlin, Germany, 1915-1923. Doctor of Philosophy., Berlin U., 1927. A.M. (honorary), Yale, 1947.


    • 1 daughter, Maria Erica Reichardt Wilkinson. Came to the United States, 1938, naturalized, 1944. Lecturer, Old Norse, U. Berlin, 1926-1929.

      Assistant and lecturer U. Cologne (Germany), 1930. Professor Scandinavian and Germanic philology, head Scandinavian department U. Leipzig, 1931-1937. Lecturer German and Norse philology U. Gothenburg (Sweden), 1938.

      Professorial lecturer philology University of Minnesota, 1938-1939, professor German and Scandinavian langs., 1939-1945, professor linguistics and comparative philology, department chairman, 1945-1947, Chairman of Commission Russian area studies, 1946-1947. Professor Germanic philology Yale, 1947-1970, Leavenworth professor Germanic language and literature, 1970-1972, emeritus, 1972-1976, director graduate studies Germanics, 1961-1972, acting department chairman Germanic langs., 1965-1966, acting department chairman Medieval studies, 1967-1968, adviser on Scandinavian and Icelandic literature to University Library, 1948-1972, fellow Davenport College, Yale, from 1948. Fulbright lecturer, Marburg, Germany, 1957-1958, traveling fellow Norway, 1927, 28.

      Delegate Prussian Academy Sciences to investigate German manuscripts, Royal Library, Copenhagen, 1930. Delegate Rask-Orsted Found, 1938, International Germanists Congress, Copenhagen, 1960.


    • Author: Studien zu den Skalden des 9. und 10. Jahrhunderts, 1928
    • Thule, 1934. Runenkunde, 1936
    • Germanische Welt vor tausend Jahren, 1936.

      Etc. Editor: Altnordische Uebungstexte, from 1934. Co-editor Festschrift-H.J. Weigand, 1957. Translator: Sigurd Hoel, Ein Tag in Oktober (from Norwegian), 1932.

      Frans G. Bengtson, Karl XII (from Swedish), 1938. Contributing author Grimms Deutsches Wörterbuch, Walde-Pokorny, Indogermanisches Wörterbuch, Hessen’s Irish Dictionary. Also numerous articles German, Swedish and American periodicals.

      Chairman editorial committee William Dwight Whitney Linguistic Series, 1949-1972.


    Denomination: Unitarian


    Member Icelandic Academy Science.


    • Married Patricia Lorraine Barker, November 3, 1944.
    • father: Robert Reichardt
    • mother: Adelheid (Hoffmann) Reichardt
    • spouse: Patricia Lorraine Barker
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    Born April 30, 1904
    Died January 19, 1976
    (aged 71)