BROWNE, Edward Granville. Uley near Dursley, Gloucestershire 7.2.1862 — Cambridge 5.1.1926. British Oriental Scholar (mainly Persian, Turkish and Arabic, also Hindi-Urdu). Professor in Cambridge. Son of Sir Benjamin Chapman Br., a civil engineer, and Annie Atkinson. Educated at Trinity College in Glenalmond and Eton. Studies at Pembroke College, Cambridge, 1887 its Fellow. In 1887-88 travelled in Iran. From 1888 University Lecturer in Persian at Cambridge, from 1902 Adams Professor of Arabic there. In 1906 married with Alice Daniell (d. 1925), two sons.
EGB was a famous scholar of Persian literature and Babi religion, also interested in Turkish, Arabic, and Urdu. His strong political opinions, pro-Irish on Home Rule and vehement anti-Russian, made him unpopular with the government. His travel book was much read.
Publications: much on Persian (esp. on babism), also on Turkish and Arabic.
– A Year Among the Persians. 1893.
– Literary History of Persia. 1-4. 1902-24.
Sources: E.D. Ross, D.N.B. 1922–30, 123-125; Wikipedia (with two photos).
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