PETER ALEXIS BOODBERG (born PYOTR ALEKSEYEVICH VON BUDBERG; 8 April
1903 – 29 June 1972) was a Russian-American scholar, linguist, and
sinologist who taught at the
University of California, Berkeley
* 1 Life * 2 Selected works * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links
Peter Alexis Boodberg was born "Pyotr Alekseyevich von Budberg"
(Russian : Пётр Алексеевич фон Будберг) on 8
April 1903 in
Vladivostok, Russia , which was then still a part of the
The Boodberg family fled Russia in 1920 due to the anti-aristocracy
violence of the
Bolshevik Revolution . The family emigrated to the
United States, settling in
In 1932, Boodberg was hired to teach at Berkeley as an instructor in the Oriental Languages department. He was made an associate professor in 1937, Chairman of the department in 1940, and was promoted to full professor in 1948. Boodberg's scholarship won him Guggenheim Fellowships in 1938, 1956, and 1963. In 1963, Boodberg also became President of the American Oriental Society . He continued to teach until his death from a heart attack in 1972. Boodberg influenced several generations of sinologists, notably Edward H. Schafer , who wrote a long obituary article in the Journal of the American Oriental Society that was followed by a full bibliography by Alvin P. Cohen.
Boodberg authored a large number of studies and manuscripts that—for reasons that are not entirely clear—he did not publish publicly, but rather self-published and circulated mostly among his students and close colleagues. Additionally, he seems to have destroyed several manuscripts he had written relating to philology and Chinese frontier history in the years prior to his death. The following are some of his better known publicly published works.
* Boodberg, Peter A. (1930). "The Art of War in Ancient China: A Study Based Upon the Dialogues of Li, Duke of Wei". Ph.D. dissertation (University of California, Berkeley). * ——— (1936). "The Language of the T'o-ba Wei". Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies. 1: 167–85. doi :10.2307/2717850 . * ——— (1937). "Some Proleptical Remarks on the Evolution of Archaic Chinese". Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies. 2: 329–72. doi :10.2307/2717943 . * ——— (1938). "Marginalia to the Histories of the Northern Dynasties". Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies. 3: 223–53. doi :10.2307/2717838 . * ——— (1940). "'Ideography' or Iconolatry?". T'oung Pao. 35 (4): 266–88. * ——— (1943). Exercises in Chinese Parallelism. Berkeley: University of California Press. * ———; Chen, Shih-Hsiang (1948). Twenty-five Chinese Quatrains, with Vocabulary Exercises. Berkeley: University of California Press. * ——— (1951). Introduction to Classical Chinese. Berkeley: University of California Press. * ——— (1957). "Philological Notes on Chapter One of the Lao-tzu". Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies. 20: 598–618. doi :10.2307/2718364 . * Cohen, Alvin P., ed. (1979). Selected Works of Peter A. Boodberg. Berkeley: University of California Press.
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* ^ A B C D E F Honey (2001) , p. 288. * ^ Schafer (197