Herbert Franke (Sinologist)

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Herbert Franke (born September 27, 1914 in Cologne ; † June 10, 2011 ) was a German sinologist .


Franke studied history, philosophy and law at the universities of Cologne , Bonn and Berlin . In 1937 he received his doctorate in law and in 1947 a doctorate in philosophy. From 1949 he was a private lecturer at the University of Cologne . In 1951 and 1952 he was a British Council Fellow at Cambridge University . From 1952 to 1979 he was full professor for East Asian cultural and linguistic studies at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich . Franke had been a full member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences since 1958. With his main field of work "History of China and its marginalized peoples in Central Asia" he was visiting professor at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1964/1965 and 1969/1970 . From 1965 to 1971 he was the first chairman of the German Oriental Society and from 1969 to 1972 Vice President of the German Society for East Asian Studies . From 1974 to 1980 Franke was Vice President of the German Research Foundation and from 1980 to 1985 President of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. From 1993 he was an external member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres and from 1994 a corresponding member of the British Academy .

Franke received several awards, such as the Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class, the Bavarian Order of Merit , the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art and the Bavarian Constitutional Medal . He received the “ Prix ​​Stanislaus Julien of the Académie des incriptions et belles-lettres” in 1953 for his inventory of Sinology after the Second World War .

Works (selection)

  • Money and Economy in China under Mongol rule. Contributions to the economic history of the Yuan period . Otto Harrassowitz, Leipzig 1949
  • The clever judge. An anecdote from the Near East in a Chinese guise. In: Asian Studies: Journal of the Swiss Asian Society, Volume 4, 1950, pp. 55–59, doi: 10.5169 / seals-145379 .
  • with Wolfgang Bauer : The golden chest. Chinese short stories from two millennia . 1959
  • with Rolf wedding slip : The Chinese Empire . In: Fischer Weltgeschichte , Volume 19, 1968
  • Studies and texts on the war history of the southern Sung period. Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden 1987
  • Chinese and Tibetan Buddhism in Yuan China. Three studies. Commission for Central Asian Studies, Bavarian Academy of Sciences, Munich 1996
  • To traditional camel medicine in China. In: Sudhoffs Archiv, Volume 81, Issue 1, 1997, pp. 84-98
  • War and Warriors in the Chinese Middle Ages (12th to 14th centuries) . 2003
  • as editor: Dictionary of the Tibetan Written Language , Delivery 1, Beck, Munich 2005, ISBN 3-7696-0934-4 .

Under the pseudonym Herbert Spielmann:

  • From the piano: A small breviary for piano players , self-published, Munich 1981


  • Wolfgang Bauer : Herbert Franke and German China Research after the War . In: Wolfgang Bauer (Ed.): Studia sino-mongolica. Festschrift for Herbert Franke . Steiner, Wiesbaden 1979, ISBN 3-515-03196-0 , ( Munich East Asian Studies 25).
  • Helwig Schmidt-Glintzer : companion. On the death of the sinologist Herbert Franke . In: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, June 20, 2011, No. 141, p. 29

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predecessor Office successor
Walter trolley President of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences from
1980 to 1985
Arnulf Schlueter