Born July 14, 1862, in Graben, Baden; died Feb. 17, 1931, in Leipzig. German Assyriologist.
Zimmern began teaching at the University of Breslau in 1899 and at the University of Leipzig in 1900. The founder of the Leipzig school of Assyriology, he studied Sumerian and Babylonian literary and religious texts, the comparative grammar of the Semitic languages, Accadian linguistics, and the influence of Accadian on other languages. Zimmern also made studies of Hittite laws, the Old Testament, and documents from the Tell el-Amarna archive.
WORKSBabylonische Busspsalmen. Leipzig, 1885.
Vergleichende Grammatik der semitischen Sprachen. Berlin, 1898.
Beitrage zur Kenntnis der babylonischen Religion. Leipzig, 1901.
Biblische und babylonische Urgeschichte, 3rd ed. Leipzig, 1903.