H.O. Lange

Hans Osterfeld "H.O." Lange (October 13, 1863 - January 15, 1943) was a Danish librarian and egyptologist.

Hans Osterfeld "H.O." Lange
Lange in 1892
Born(1863-10-13)October 13, 1863
DiedJanuary 15, 1943(1943-01-15) (aged 79)
OccupationLibrarian and Egyptologist
Known forChief Librarian, Royal Library (1901-1924)


Lange was born in Aarhus to Hans and Catherine Lange. He expressed interest in hieroglyphics as a young man. He graduated from Aarhus Cathedral School in 1881 and studied at the University of Copenhagen, graduating in 1882. In 1883, he was hired at the university library and in 1885 he joined the Royal Library. From 1899 to 1900 he was employed at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. He became Chief Librarian at the Royal Library in 1901 and served in that role through 1924.[1] He showed great interest in incunabula and increased the library's collection in that area during his tenure.

In 1918 he received an Honorary Doctorate from Lund University. In 1927 he became a member of the Prussian Academy of Sciences.

Since 2001, the Royal Library of Denmark has awarded an annual H.O. Lange Prize in his memory.[2]



  1. "National Library of Denmark". The European Library. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  2. "About HOLange Prize (Danish)". The Royal Library. Archived from the original on 1 April 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2016.

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