DUFF, Christian Mabel

DUFF (Mrs. Rickmers), Christian Mabel. Calcutta 7.12.1866 — Munich 24.12. 1939. British Traveller and Indologist. Daughter of William Pirie Duff, a merchant in Calcutta, granddaughter of the pioneer of Scots mission in India, Dr. Alexander Duff (1806–1876). Educated in London and Berlin, she studied Sanskrit at Kiel under Deussen. From 1897 wife of the German geographer and explorer W. R. (Willy) Rickmers (1873–1965). Participated in several trips of exploration and mountaineering of her husband, in Central Asia, Caucasia and Balkan. Her Chronology was the first good work of its kind and therefore long time used as a handbook.

Publications: “The Chronology of the later Andhrabhṛtyas”, JRAS 1893, 613-619.

The Chronology of India. L. 1899.

translated: Deussen: Manual of Vedānta Philosophy. 19??; and a number of other works from German into English or vice versa.

translated from W. Geiger’s German MS.: Cūlavaṁsa. 1-2. 42+362, 34+365 p. P.T.S., tr. series 18 & 20. L. 1929-30.

Sources: C. Frazer, JRAS 1940, 252f.; IC 6:3, 1940, after p. 367; Buckland, Dictionary.


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