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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.


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.


Member Icelandic Academy Science.


Married Patricia Lorraine Barker, November 3, 1944.

Robert Reichardt

Adelheid (Hoffmann) Reichardt

Patricia Lorraine Barker