ANDERSON, Robert. 17?? — March 1843. British Civil Servant and Tamil Scholar in India, Madras Presidency. Learnt Sanskrit, Persian and Bengali at East India College, went to India, but after nine years was forced to return in 1819 because of failing health. Then as Assistant Professor at East India College in Haileybury 1821–25, he taught Persian and privately Tamil, but then turned to theology and became the minister of Brighton. Married, 8 children. His last years he devoted to ecclesiastic work. Wrote the first published Tamil grammar since Beschi.
Publications: Rudiments of Tamul Grammar, combining with the Rules of Kodun Tamul, an Introduction to Shen Tamul. 184 p. L. 1821.
Sources: JRAS 7, 1843, Annual Report for 1842, p. iii-v; not in the Br. Biogr. Arch.; memorial sermon by his brother James Anderson digitized by Google.
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