MALAN, Cesar Jean Solomon

MALAN, Cesar Jean Solomon. Geneva 12.4.1812 — 25.11.1893. Rev. Swiss Priest, Polyglot and Oriental Scholar in the U.K. “Son of Dr. Cesar Jean Salomon Malan, educated at Vandœuvres, took early to the study of languages, was at St.Edmund’s Hall, Oxford, 1833-7. Boden Sanskrit Scholar 1834, Pusey and Ellerton Scholar 1837. In 1838 became classical lecturer at Bishop’s College, Calcutta, ordained 1838. Secretary to the Asiatic Society of Bengal, studied Indian languages. Left India, 1840, became member of Balliol College, Oxford, 1843. Was Rector of Broadwindsor, 1845-85. Travelled in Asia Minor, Mesopotamia, Armenia, 1849-50, going to Niniveh with Sir A. H. Layard, and in 1872 to Crimea, Georgia, Armenia. D.D. od Edinburgh, 1880. Gave many of his books to the Indian Institute at Oxford, was a great Oriental scholar … an accomplished artist, and an ardent lover of Natural History.” He is said to have known about 40 languages. Acquainted with Csoma de Kőrös he also learned Tibetan.

Publications: “Nearly all his publications dealt with the Scriptures and ecclesiastical subjects, e.g. Original Notes on the Book of Proverbs.

Sources: *TP 5, 1894; Buckland, Dictionary.; A.A. Macdonell, JRAS 1895, 453-457.


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