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Edgar de Wahl
Edgar de Wahl (or von Wahl), the creator of Interlingue, was born in Olwiopol, Russia (now Pervomaysk, Ukraine ) on August 11, 1867 (by the Julian calendar, August 23 on the Gregorian calendar). He studied in Saint Petersburg, and spent most of his professional life in the Estonian city of Tallinn (Reval).
At first an adherent of Volapük, de Wahl later became one of the first users of Esperanto, and advised Zamenhof on some points of grammar and vocabulary of that language. After several years he abandoned Esperanto, and in the following decades he worked on the problem of the ideal form of an international auxiliary language.
In 1922 he published a "key" to a new language, Occidental, and the first number of a periodical entitled Kosmoglott (later Cosmoglotta), written in that language. In following years, de Wahl participated in discussions about Occidental, and allowed the language to develop gradually as a result of the recommendations of its users. After World War II started in 1939, he had only intermittent contacts with the Occidentalist movement, which had become centered in Switzerland. The last years of his life were spent in a sanatorium in Estonia, where he died in 1948.
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