george hempl


English 1889-1906

GEORGE HEMPL was born at Whitewater, Wisconsin, June 6, 1859, son of Henry Theodore and Anna (Haentzsche) Hempel. He is of German and Slavic descent. His early education was in the public schools of Chicago, Illinois, and of Battle Creek, Michigan, including a high school course at the latter place. He entered the University of Michigan, and was graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1879. For the next three years he was principal of the West Side High School at Saginaw, Michigan, and the following two years he held a similar position at Laporte, Indiana. From 1884 until 1886 he was instructor in German at Johns Hopkins University. He then went abroad for further study. During the three years from 1886 to 1889 he pursued studies at the Universities of Gottingen, Tubingen, Strassburg, Jena, and Berlin, and received the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at Jena in 1889. He was immediately called to the University of Michigan as Assistant Professor of English. In 1893 he was advanced to Junior Professor, and in 1897 he was made Professor of English Philology and General Linguistics. In the spring of 1906 he accepted a call to Leland Stanford Junior University as Professor of Germanic Philology, service to begin January, 1907. He has published various writings in the form of books and articles on English, German, and Latin Philology, treating in particular the subjects of phonology, etymology, and alphabetics. He has also devoted considerable time to collecting data for the mapping of American dialects. For several years past he has collaborated on the new edition of Worcester’s Dictionary, and on Pierce’s International Dictionaries.  He is a member of the Modern Language Association of America, of which he was president in 1903; the American Dialect Society, of which he was president from 1900 to 1905; the American Philological Association, of which he was president in 1904; the Archaeological Institute of America; and the Association Phonetique Internationale. In 1904 the University of Wisconsin conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Laws. He was married July 3, 1890, to Anna Belle Purmort (A.B. 1887), and they have two daughters, Hilda and Elsa.

Burke A. Hinsdale and Isaac Newton Demmon, History of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1906), pp. 306-307.