Prof. Dr. Michael Hahn


Professor of Indology and Tibetology
at the Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany


Curriculum vitae
Indica et Tibetica
Department of Indology



FG Indologie und Tibetologie
Fachbereich “Fremdsprachliche Philologien”
Wilhelm-Roepke-Str. 6F
D-35032 Marburg, Germany
Tel.: 0049 6421 282 4740
Fax: 0049 6421 282 4995


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Curriculum vitae

Date and place of birth:

born 7.5.1941 in Otterndorf, Northern Germany.

Academic career:

studied at the universities of Göttingen, Marburg and Bonn;
1960-1964 science, psychology and musicology (B.A. in psychology in 1964);
1960-1965 Sanskrit, Tibetan, Chinese and Mongolian under Gustav Roth, Ernst Waldschmidt, Wilhelm Rau, Claus Vogel and Walter Heissig;
1967 Ph. D. at the University of Marburg with a thesis on Jnanasrimitra’s metrical treatise Vrttamalastuti;
1968-1972 assistant professor at the University of Hamburg under Ludwig Alsorf and Franz Bernhard;
1972 D. Litt. with a second thesis on Candragomin’s Buddhist play Lokanandanataka;
1972 assistant professor and reader at the University of Bonn;
1982 promotion to associate professor;
1.10.1988 full professor at the University of Marburg.

Temporary appointments:

1976-1980 visiting professor of Tibetan at the University of Marburg;
1978-1979 local director of the Nepal-German Manuscript Preservation Project in Kathmandu, Nepal;
1981 research fellow at the Reiyukai Library (later: The International Institute for Buddhist Studies; now: The International College for Buddhist Studies);
1984-5 visiting professor at the Waseda University, Tokyo;
1991 holder of the Numata Chair of Buddhist Studies at the University of Calgary, Canada;
2001 holder of the Numata Chair of Buddhist Studies at the University of London, England;
2005 holder of the Numata Chair of Buddhist Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.

Main fields of research:

Classical Sanskrit literature (ornate poetry, drama, didactic literature); Indian metric; Buddhist literature (Madhyamaka philosophy, didactic works, narrative literature); Tibetan linguistics and literature; Mongolian and Chinese translations of the Indian Buddhist literature.

Other activities:

Participation in numerous national and international conferences; guest lectures at various universities and institutes; about 100 papers or lectures read at these occasions.


Editor and publisher of the series Indica et Tibetica; 48 vols. published between 1982 and 2006; co-editor of several other series.

Supervision of theses:

11 M.A. theses and 15 Ph.D. theses on various indological and tibetological topics between 1974 and 2006.

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