Whilhelm Schmidt

Portrait of Whilhelm   Schmidt

Wilhelm Schmidt (16 Feb. 1868, Hörde, Germany — 10 Feb. 1954, Fribourg, Switzerland) was a German anthropologist and linguist, and a Roman Catholic priest active in the Society of the Divine Word, who led the influential cultural-historical European school of ethnology and proponed in 1906 the concept of an Austric’ linguistic family including the Khmer and the Mon.