NORMAN, Harry Campbell

NORMAN, Harry Campbell. Winkleigh, Devonshire 19.12.1878 — 11.4.1913. British Indologist (Pāli Scholar) in India. Son of a physician, educated in Edinburgh. From 1896 studied at Edinburgh Greek (under Butcher), Latin (Hardie) and Sanskrit (Eggeling). After M.A. in classics moved in October 1899 to Oxford, Trinity College, where further studies of Sanskrit under Macdonell, also studied classical languages, Spanish and French. With the expiring of scholarship in 1904 he had financial difficulties, but obtained a new scholarship and proceeded to Paris and Berlin. From 1905 until his death Professor of English Literature at Queen’s College in Benares. During vacations travelled in India and Ceylon.

HCN was a philologist mainly interested in Pāli language and literature. He started the editing of commentaries for the P.T.S. In Sanskrit he could not achieve much, although collated the Vājasaneyi-Saṁhitā and a few other texts in order to provide grammatical material to Macdonell. He was characterized as a popular teacher and keen sportsman.

Publications: edited: Dhammapadatthakatha. The commentary on the Dhammapada. 1-5. L. 1906-15 (PTS Text Series 26-30; vol. 5 Indexes by L. S. Tailang).

– “A Defence of the Chronicles of the Southern Buddhists”, JRAS 1908, 1-11; “Gandhakuṭi – the Buddha’s Private Abode”, JASB N.S. 4, 1908 (1910), 1-5; “Sinhalese Historical Documents and the Maurya Inscriptions of Sārnāth”, JASB N.S. 4, 1908 (1910), 7-10; “The seven Sahajātā of the Buddha”, JASB N.S. 4, 1908 (1910), 95f.

Sources: A. A. Macdonell, JRAS 1913, 1101-1108.

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