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Edgar Charles Polomé

Edgar Charles Polomé (31 July 1920 – 11 March 2000) was a Belgian Indo-Europeanist, and professor of comparative religions and languages at the University of Texas. He studied at the Free University of Brussels from 1938, specializing in Germanic philology.

In 1945, he joined the U.S. Army as an interpreter in Eschwege in Allied-occupied Germany. After the war, he completed his doctoral thesis at the University of Brussels in 1949.

Polomé came to the University of Texas in 1960 and became a tenured professor in the Department of Germanic Languages. He was also the managing editor of The Journal of Indo-European Studies and etymology consultant to Webster's New World College Dictionary.[1]


  • Old Norse Literature and Mythology (1969)
  • Language in Tanzania (1980)
  • Language, Society and Paleoculture (1982)
  • The Indo-Europeans in the Fourth and Third Millennia B.C. (1982)
  • Essays on Germanic Religion (1989)
  • Research Guide to Language Change (1990)
  • Reconstructing Languages and Cultures (1992)
  • Indo-European Religion after Dumézil (1996)
  • Miscellanea Indo-Europea (1999)


  1. ^ Michael Agnes, ed., Webster's New World College Dictionary, 4th ed. (New York: Macmillan, 1999), p. viii.

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