Jacob Grimm

German philologist, linguist, jurist and mythologist (1785-1863)

Jacob Ludwig Karl Grimm (4 January 1785 – 20 September 1863), also known as Ludwig Karl, was a German philologist, jurist, and mythologist. He is known as the discoverer of Grimm's law of linguistics. He was the co-author of the Deutsches Wörterbuch, the author of Deutsche Mythologie, and the editor of Grimm's Fairy Tales.

Jacob Grimm
BornJacob Ludwig Karl Grimm
(1785-01-04)4 January 1785
Hanau, Landgraviate of Hesse-Kassel, Holy Roman Empire
Died20 September 1863(1863-09-20) (aged 78)
Berlin, Kingdom of Prussia, German Confederation
Alma materUniversity of Marburg

He was the older brother of Wilhelm Grimm, of the literary duo the Brothers Grimm.

Jacob Grimm died on 20 September 1863, in Berlin, Germany from disease[1][2]


  1. "Obituary.; DEATH OF JACOB GRIMM". The New York Times. 9 October 1863. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 6 March 2019.
  2. "Jacob Grimm". Biography. Archived from the original on 6 March 2019. Retrieved 6 March 2019.