Johann Jakob Egli

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Johann Jakob Egli (also Eggli , born May 17, 1825 in Laufen-Uhwiesen , Canton Zurich ; † August 24, 1896 in Zurich ) was a Swiss geographer .


Johann Jakob Egli was born on May 17, 1825 in Laufen in the Swiss canton of Zurich. He was first a teacher at secondary schools, was appointed to the secondary school in St. Gallen in 1857 , received his doctorate in Zurich on the basis of the monograph Die Höhlen des Ebenalpstock (St. Gallen 1865) and completed his habilitation in 1866 at the local university and the polytechnic for geography. In this subject he taught at the canton school in Zurich from 1872. In 1883 he was appointed professor .

His son Emil Egli became a theologian.


Of his writings are the Neue Geographie (6th edition, St. Gallen 1881), the Neue Schweizerkunde (7th edition, St. Gallen 1883) and the Neue Handelsgeographie (3rd edition, Leipzig 1882) as well as the Swiss paperback Geography, economics and cultural history (2nd edition, Zurich 1878) should be emphasized. His main works are the nomina geographica, attempt at a general geographical onomatology (Leipzig 1870 to 1872), of which the lexical part appeared separately under the title: Etymologische-Geographisches Lexikon (Leipzig 1880), and the history of geographical namology (Leipzig 1886), He also reports on their progress in Perthes' Geographical Yearbook (Vol. 9 ff.). He was also an employee of Meyers Konversationslexikon .

  • Johann Jakob Egli: Nomina geographica. Language and factual explanation of 42,000 geographical names of all regions of the world. 2nd edition Leipzig 1893; Reprint Hildesheim / New York 1973.


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