Hummel obtained his Abitur from König-Albert-Gymnasium, Leipzig in 1932. He studied theology, philosophy, psychology and the history of art at the universities of Tübingen, Rostock, Leipzig and München between 1932 to 1938.
From 1938 to 1947 Hummel worked in Leipzig and Dresden as a minister in the Lutheran church, during this time he also studied Chinese, Japanese, Tibetan and Mongolian languages as well as ethnology and Egyptology. He became curator of the Asian department at the Ethnographic Museum of Leipzig in 1947, a job he held until 1955. In 1948 Hummel obtained his doctorate in Sinology from at the University of Leipzig.
After leaving the museum in 1955 Hummel worked as a pastor in the country parish of Plauen in Vogtland until his retirement.
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