Carl Brockelmann, son of Rostock businessman and nephew of the owner Ernst Brockelmann. He spent his youth in Rostock. He took first in the summer semester of 1886 studying philology in Rostock, but could then go on a scholarship to Wroclaw. In 1888 he went to the Orientalists Theodor Nöldeke to Strasbourg, where he completed his state examination in the summer of 1888. In the following two years Brockelmann subject and teacher's aide was in Strasbourg on Protestant school. He taught, inter alia, the sons of the Strasbourg manufacturer Adler and Oppenheimer families.
In 1893 Brockelmann received a lectureship at the University of Breslau, in 1900 he became Associate Professor at the University of Berlin in 1903 and Full Professor in Königsberg. In 1910 he followed a call to Breslau, in 1922 returned to the University of Berlin. However, he returned again in 1923 to Breslau, where he became professor emeritus in 1936. He spent his last years in Halle, where he maintained until his 88th year teaching in his field. One of his students was Max Bravmann.
He was instrumental in the development of the DIN standard DIN 31635 ( transliteration of the Arabic alphabet ), which is based on the legend of the German Oriental Society (DMG ) from him and Hans Wehr. It was adopted in 1936 at the International Congress of Orientalists in Rome.
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