Michael Beddow is a specialist in German literature, who is also a renowned expert in the application of XML technologies to web representations of literary corpora, and who is deeply involved with the work of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI).
He studied at the St John's College, Cambridge, earning a Double First in the Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos in 1969. He studied at University of Tübingen, as Foundation Scholar of the King Edward VII British-German Foundation. He held lecturing posts at Cambridge and London, before being appointed to the Chair of German at the University of Leeds, from which he retired in 1998. He has since undertaken the primary technical responsibilities for the Digital Dictionary of Buddhism, and the Internet version of the Anglo-Norman Dictionary.
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