KAHLE, PAUL ERIC (1923-1955), British Coptologist of German extraction. He was the son of Professor Paul Ernst Kahle, the eminent Orientalist. His family fled to England from Hitler's Germany in 1938. He held the Laycock Studentship in Egyptology at Worcester College, Oxford, for the years 1948-1954, during which he studied under Battiscombe George Gunn. He was elected to the Lady Wallis Budge Fellowship at University College, Oxford, in 1954. He published a large collection of literary and documentary material from the monastery of Dayr al-Balayzah, at Asyut in Upper Egypt, arriving at important conclusions regarding the distribution of Coptic dialects: Bala’izah: Coptic Texts from Bala’izah in Upper Egypt (2 vols., Oxford, 1954). He died at Charlbury, Oxfordshire.
M. L. BIERBRIER
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