Professor Peter Maher
A short biography
John Peter Maher was born in New York State in 1933. In 1955 he earned his BA from Harpur College (State University of New York at Binghamton). After taking his M. A. in Greek & Latin at The Catholic University of America in Washington D. C. He served in the United States Army Counter-Intelligence Corps (CIC), studying the Serbo-Croatian language at Army Language school in Monterey, California. He then served on the Yugoslav desk of the 430th Military Intelligence Battalion in northern Italy (1959-61).
After his army hitch he took a doctorate in historical linguistics at Indiana University, minoring in Latin and Slavic. He was a language teacher in New York State high schools for three years and began University teaching in 1964 in Chicago.
In 1975-77 he was awarded a tenured chair of English linguistics in the University of Hamburg, Germany, where he directed the Third International Conference on Historical Linguistics. After that he returned to Chicago. He was appointed professor emeritus in 1993.
His chief research interests are the interface of language and culture, particularly the reconstruction of prehistoric language and culture in Indo-European languages, especially Greek, Latin, Germanic, and Slavic. He is one of the few original etymologists today.
In conjunction with these interests he has published critical works in theoretical linguistics. He has served on the editorial boards of several journals.
He has been Fulbright lecturer and researcher in Bulgaria, Italy, Ireland, and two countries killed by the New World Order, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia.
CURRICULUM VITAE for
Professor Emeritus of Linguistics,
Professor of Linguistics, University of Hamburg, Germany; 1975-7.
Teacher of Latin, French, English, New York Sate high schools. 1956-57; 1961-63.
Special Agent, US Army Counter-Intelligence Corps, 430th Military Intelligence Battalion, Northern Italy: Yugoslav desk, interpreter-translator, German, Italian, Serbo-Croatian languages; 1959-61.
Fulbright Research Scholar:
1958. Master of Arts, Greek & Latin,
1955. Bachelor of Arts, Humanities (Foreign
Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Journal
of Indo-European Studies, l973-77.
Articles related to Yugoslav civil wars written by Professor Maher:
letter to Voice of America
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First posted: December 2, 1997