On this page are photos of a number of important Idists from former times. The images (except de Beaufront) are taken from the Ido journal Progreso, January 1931.
Prof. Wilhelm Ostwald. Ostwald was a Nobel prize-winner for chemistry, and chaired the meetings of the Delegation for the Adoption of an International Auxiliary Language in Paris in 1907. In 1931 he was elected Honorary President of the new Ido Academy. See also Ostwald's Article on world-language.
Prof. Léopold Leau. The Delegation for the Adoption of an International Auxiliary Language was founded on January 7th 1901 on the initiative of Leau. He co-wrote with Prof. Couturat the monumental "Histoire de la Langue Universelle" (1903) and its supplement "Les Nouvelles Langues Internationales" (1907). Prof. Leau was a respected French mathematician. See also Leau's defence of the Delegation.
Louis de Beaufront. de Beaufront was initially an advocate of Esperanto and was almost solely responsible for its early diffusion in western Europe. He was a member of the Delegation and attended its meetings in 1907. He was probably the principal author of the original Ido project which impressed the Delegation Committee and led to the reform of Esperanto by the Permanent Commission. Beaufront remained an active Idist thereafter, and wrote the Kompleta Gramatiko Detaloza published in 1925, from which this picture is taken.
Sigvard Quarfood. Quarfood held the post of President of the Ido Academy during the 1930s.
Dr. Siegfried Auerbach. Auerbach was a member of the Ido Academy during the 1930s.
Prof. Paolo Lusana.
Prof. Janis Roze. Roze was a Latvian Idist and member of the 1930s Ido Academy. He compiled the "Interim Report of the Academy", which collected up the decisions reached up to 1937.
Dr. Hans Brismark. Brismark was President of the Union for the International Language Ido (ULI) during the 1930s.
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