Alexander Tille Germany

Biography of Alexander Tille

Alexander Tille, a German philospher, was appointed Lecturer of German Literature at the University of Glasgow in December 1890, as well as being granted the privilege of special reader at the university library.

Throughout his teaching at Glasgow, he agreed with his contemporary, Alfred Mercier, of the French department over a need for improved language teaching. He also published the first English translation of Friedrich Nietzsche's Also sprach Zarathustra in 1896, as well as publishing books and articles on Social Darwinism and contributing to publications on British economy and industry.

Tille founded the Glasgow Goethe Society to promote interest in German Literature. This society ceased to exist in 1900 when Tille returned to Germany. Due to disputes with students over the Boer War, Tille did not seek reappointment for session 1900-01 and resigned in October 1900 to the regret of the University Court.

In Germany, Tille represented business leaders at the German Federation of Industry and was corporate counsel to the Chamber of Commerce at Saarbr├╝cken.


Other Online Resources

Printed Materials

  • Frederick George Thomas Bridgham (ed.), The First World War As a Clash of Cultures (Campden House: New York, 2006)

Archival Materials

  • University Court Minutes 1895-1896 (C1/1/3), 1896-1897 (C1/1/4), 1897-1898 (C1/1/5), 1898-1899 (C1/1/6), 1899-1900 (C1/1/7), 1900-1901 (C1/1/8)


Alexander Tille
Born 30 April 1866.
Died 16 December 1912.
GU Degree:
University Link: Lecturer
Occupation categories: germanists; philosophers
English snippet: Lecturer of German Literature and Language at the University of Glasgow
Record last updated: 11th Feb 2014

Country Associations

Germany Germany, Lauenstein
Place of Birth

Germany Germany, Saarbr├╝cken
Place of Death

University Connections

University Roles

  • Lecturer