The New International Encyclopædia/Langebek, Jakob
LANGEBEK, läng'e-bĕk, Jakob (1710-75). A Danish historian, born at Skjoldborg. He first studied Danish history, and it was by critical articles on contemporary writers in this field that he attracted attention. He founded a society for the study of the language and history of Denmark in 1845, and was its perpetual archivist. His works consist of valuable contributions on his favorite subject to the journals, and to the Danske Magazin (1845-52), which he edited and nearly all of which he wrote himself; and Scriptores Rerum Danicarum Medii Œvi . . . (1772-74), which was completed by Suhm, Schoening, and others from original papers, in 1878. He also collected material for a Danish dictionary. A collection of his letters was published in 1895.