Welcome to the database of Prof. Dr. Klaus Karttunen´s work Who Was Who of Indian Studies that emphasizes not only classical Indian Studies but also holds a great number of scholars from related fields and subjects including anthropology and archaeology in South Asia as well as Indo-European, ancient Iranian, Central Asian, and Tibetan Studies.

This collection is the result of many years. I inherited the interest in the history of learning from my teacher, Pentti Aalto. In order to learn more, I started as a young PG student going through, year by year, Indological, Oriental and Linguistic journals, starting with the Journal Asiatique and the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society. Soon I noted that the obituaries offered interesting additions to what is told by Windisch and started a file. According to my own interests, I also decided to include the scholars working on Iranian, Indo-European and Tibetan. Especially in the 19th century they almost without exception had also to do with Sanskrit.
I have tried to use a compact dictionary style. Therefore I have left out the article e.g. before the names of universities, etc. Quite often even “university” seemed unnecessary, when there is only one (relevant) university in the city. Thus when someone works “in Munich” it refers to the city in general, but “at Munich” indicates the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität there. In some cases when there really are several relevant academic institutions in the same city (e.g. in London and Paris), a fuller name is given.

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Klaus Karttunen

Financial support for this database was granted by the Ernst Waldschmidt Foundation Berlin.


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