Lehmann, Fritz, 1936-1994

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Lehmann, Fritz, 1936-1994

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1936-1994

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Fritz Lehmann was born in 1936 in Oak Park, Illinois. He received his undergraduate degree at Oberlin College in 1958, and his master’s degrees and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin (1961, 1967). His area of expertise was the history of India and the South Asian region, in particular the role of Islam in the region, technology and its relation to the region`s culture and development, and Urdu language and literature.

He joined the University of British Columbia’s Department of History in 1967, where he was a member of the faculty until his death in 1994.

Throughout his life Lehmann was a lover of railways, especially steam locomotives. Wherever he went, he sought out, photographed and studied railways. In the late 1970s he became aware that very little was known about the locomotive construction industry in Canada. He decided to write a book about this subject and started writing articles on various individual manufacturers. He also collected material on Canadian railways on the macro level. He worked diligently on this project on his own time. However a stroke in 1988 slowed work down and his book remained incomplete at the time of his death.

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Written by Larry McNally, 2015-10. Entered by A. Torrance, 2018-03.

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-CSTM Archives, Fritz Lehmann fonds, Series 01-File 01 Lehmann, F. Curriculum Vitae.
-Wodarczak, Erwin. (2001). Fritz Lehmann fonds finding aid. University of British Columbia Archives. Accessed online 2018-01-29: https://www.library.ubc.ca/archives/u_arch/lehmann.pdf

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