COCK, Jan Kornelis de

COCK, Jan Kornelis de. Vierhuizen, Ulrum 23.10.1867 — Davos 6.4.1941. Dutch Indologist. Son of an industrialist. After gymnasium in Groningen studied Dutch at Amsterdam, soon also Sanskrit under Uhlenbeck. Ph.D. Amsterdam in 1899. As Indology was then not an independent subject, his dissertation was accepted in Dutch Literature. The work was founded on Sanskrit epics and dramas and early modern travel account. Vogel, apparently his friend, lauds its critical approach. In 1896-1914 he worked as a gymnasium teacher in Maastricht. In 1909-10 travelled in India and Ceylon and wrote an unpiublished travel account and a couple of popular articles in Dutch. He planned a scholarly career, but the plans of collaboration with Jacobi were impended by war and soon the illness (tuberculosis) also marred further plans. After years in sanatoriums he moved in 1924 to Davos. In 1900 married Hermine Boon (d. 1953), one son (d. 1934). Knew also Hindi.

Publications: diss. Eene oudindische stad volgens het Epos. 129 p. Groningen 1899.

reviews of Dutch Indological works in the Museum.

Sources: J.-Ph. Vogel, Jaarboek van de maatschappij der Nederlands Letterkunde 1942, 68-71; Dutchstudies homepage; only diss. in the N.U.C.

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