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AUGUST FRIEDRICH POTT (1802–1887)

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Originally appearing in Volume V22, Page 210 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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AUGUST FRIEDRICH POTT (1802–1887), German philologist, was born at Nettelrede, Hanover, on the 14th of November 1802. He studied in Gottingen, and in 1825 became schoolmaster at Celle, Hanover; but after two years removed to Berlin, where he became privatdozent at the university. He studied comparative philology, and in 1883 was made professor at Halle, where he lived till his death on the 5th of July 1887. His Etymologische Forschungen (1834–1836) entitled him to rank as Bopp's foremost disciple in the Indo-Germanic science of language. Pott also devoted much attention to the origins of the gipsies.
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