Armin Vambery

Armin Vambery

Birth
Hungary
Death 19 Sep 1913 (aged 81)
Hungary
Burial Kerepesdűlő, Józsefváros, Budapest, Hungary
Memorial ID 13894955 · View Source
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Hungarian Linguist and Oriental traveler. Armin was actually born in the town of Dunajska Streda. He came from a poor Jewish family, who as a child excelled in his ability to learn languages. By the time he was sixteen he was able to speak approximately 12 languages. He traveled extensively and lived in many different places, many of which no westerner had ever been. He especially love the Turkish culture and by the time he was 20 had mastered enough Turkish to travel to Turkey where he became a private tutor of European languages. After spending six years in Constantinople, he published a Turkish-German dictionary and various other linguistic works. He also learned some twenty other Oriental languages and dialects. He then disguised himself as a Sunnite dervish, and under the name of Rashid Effendi, and traveld to the Middle East. His route sent him through Iran, Saudi Arabia, spending several months with them traveling across the deserts of Central Asia. He then traveld to modern day Uzbekistan and them returned to Turkey. He then tarveld to London where he wrote and published his book "Travels in Central Asia." It became very popular. After returning to Hungary he was then appointed professor of Oriental languages at the University of Budapest in 1865. He also published numerous magazine articles about his travels


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  • Created by: Helaine M. Larina
  • Added: 8 Apr 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 13894955
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Armin Vambery (19 Mar 1832–19 Sep 1913), Find a Grave Memorial no. 13894955, citing Kerepesi Cemetery, Kerepesdűlő, Józsefváros, Budapest, Hungary ; Maintained by Helaine M. Larina (contributor 46491470) .