Hans Henrich Hock

Title: Linguistics, Classics and Sanskrit Educator
Company: University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Location: Champaign, Illinois, United States

Hans Henrich Hock, Linguistics, Classics and Sanskrit Educator at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in issues of language contact and the social status of languages.

Mr. Hock became involved in his profession when a number of the Ivy League schools were sending student volunteers to the south to help teach at traditionally black colleges. While he was a graduate student at Yale University, he volunteered to help. He was sent to Tuskegee University, in the summer of 1964 to be an instructor of German. Mr. Hock had experience in teaching because he was an assistant at Northwestern University. He was happy he was able to volunteer for the summer and that no matter what your background was if you had a decent teaching curriculum, then you could succeed and his students were happy they were succeeding. Mr. Hock attained his education from Northwestern University earning an MA in 1964 and a PhD from Yale University in 1971.

Mr. Hock continued in the field of education after he received his PhD. He secured a spot as an instructor of linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1967 and this ended up being where he would spend his career. He worked his way up to assistant professor, associate professor and in 1987, he obtained the title of professor where he remained until he retired in 2007 and became professor emeritus. As a testament to his success as an educator, Mr. Hock has been inducted as a member of various esteemed organizations such as the American Association for Applied Linguistics, Linguistic Society of America and Linguistic Society of India, among other organizations.

The highlight of Mr. Hock’s career was having a paper widely recognized due to someone else’s action. He is also proud of having two former students, Schu-fen Chen and Benjamin Slade, who to co-edited a festschrift for him in honor of his 75th birthday. Mr. Hock has gained many accolades throughout his career including receiving the Sukumar Sen Memorial Gold Medal for his work in general and comparative linguistics and on Sanskirt in 2015. He has also acquired an honorary life membership to the Society Linguistica Europaea and an honorary LittD from Deccan College in India in 2018. Mr. Hock is also listed in the 24 edition of Who’s Who in the Midwest.

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