HAMILTON, Clarence Herbert. Des Moines, Iowa 8.1.1886 — Lexington, MA 6.7.1986, when 100. U.S. Buddhist Scholar. Missionary-Professor in China 1914-27. Son of George Lee H. and Carrie Eva Wood. Educated at University of Chicago: A.B. 1910, Ph.D. 1914. In 1920-21 studied at Union Theological Seminar in New York. In 1914-27 Professor of Philosophy and Head of Department in Nanjing. Back in the U.S.A. in 1928-31 Professor of Eastern Philosophy at Kennedy School of Missions, Hartford Seminar Foundation, and in 1931-52 Professor of History and Philosophy of Religion at Graduate School of Theology, Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio). In 1952 emeritus, then visiting lecturer in several colleges. In 1963-64 Visiting Professor at Tunghai University in Taiwan. Married 1916 Lulu Snyder, two sons and one daughter.
Publications: Diss. 1914 publ. A Psychological Interpretation of Mysticism. 85 p. Chicago 1916.
– Buddhism in India, Ceylon, China and Japan. 107 p. Chicago 1931.
– Wei Shih Er Shih Lun, or the Treatise in Twenty Stanzas on Representation-only. A translation from the Chinese version by Hsüan Tsang of a Buddhist philosophical work by Vasubandhu. 82 p. New Haven 1938 (on Vijñaptimātratasiddhi).
– Ed. Buddhism. A Religion of Infinite Compassion. 28+189 p. N.Y. 1952.
– Articles, e.g. “K‘uei Chi’s Commentary on Wei-shih-er-shih-lun”, JAOS 53, 1933, 144-151; “Buddhism Resurgent”, Journal of Religion 17, 1937, 30-36.
Sources: Dir. Am. Sch. 1st ed. 1942; 5th ed. 5, 1969; Who Was Who in Am. 7; German Wikipedia.