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Francis Magoun

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameFrancis Peabody•Magoun, Jr.
Used nameFrancis•Magoun
Born6 January 1895 in New York, New York (USA)
Died5 June 1979 in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA)
NOC United States


American Francis Magoun was a literature professor, who studied medieval and 20th century English literature, although he also authored some texts on football history. Although he was an American he served in the British Royal Air Force during World War I. Discharged from service in 1919, Magoun remained in England at the end of the war and attended Cambridge before returning to the United States. After his return he was employed by Harvard University, eventually being named professor. He published more than a dozen books, including a prose translation of the great Finnish epic The Kalevala. Honored by Finland in 1964, he was awarded the Order of the Lion. He also translated Grimm’s Märchen (Grimm’s Fairy Tales) in English, and became an expert in Germanic name setting.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Summer Olympics Art Competitions USA Francis Magoun
Literature, Epic Works, Open (Olympic) AC