Francke, August Hermann (1663-1727), a German educational philanthropist, was born at Liibeck. He was Professor of Oriental Languages at Halle from 1692 to 1698, when he took the chair of theology. He founded there several schools and a seminary for training teachers, besides an orphanage. Poor children were given a religious education, and were also instructed in German, natural science, and technical knowledge, physical exercises being attended to besides. All these foundations are still in existence, and others in the shape of a gymnasium, two schools for girls, and a free school have been added. Francke was the pupil of Spener, and the teacher of Zinzendorf.