Kober, Alice Elizabeth (1906–1950)

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Kober, Alice Elizabeth (1906–1950)

American classical scholar. Born Dec 23, 1906, in New York, NY; died May 16, 1950, in Brooklyn, NY; dau. of Franz Kober (weaver) and Katharina (Gruber) Kober.

Joined original faculty of Brooklyn College (1930) and was promoted to assistant professor (1935); began to devote research time to translation of so-called "Linear B" tablets of Minoan writing (1935), which eventually led to successful decipherment of tablets by Michael Ventris and identification of language used.

See also John Chadwick, The Decipherment of Linear B (Cambridge U. Press, 1958).

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