RICE, Benjamin Lewis. Bangalore 17.7.1837 — 10.7.1927. British Schoolteacher and Indologist in India. Born in South India, where his father, —> Benjamin Holt Rice, was a working as a missionary, privately educated. After having worked a while in business in London he came in 1860 to Mysore. First he was Principal of Central High School in Bangalore, in 1865-68 and 1870-73 Inspector of Schools in Mysore, in 1868-69 and 1873-83 Director of Public Instruction, Mysore State, 1883-90 Secretary to the Education Department, Mysore Government. In 1886/90-1905 Director of Archaeological Researches in Mysore. Retired in 1906 and returned to England, lived in Harrow until his death. His scholarly interests included history, epigraphy and classical Kannada literature.
Publications: Mysore Gazetteer. 1877-78, rev. ed. 1897.
– Mysore Inscriptions. 91+336+30 p. Bangalore 1879; Census Report on Mysore. 1881.
– Amara Simha. The Amara-Kosha, or Sanskrit Thesaurus. With meanings in English and Kannada, and an alphabetical Index to the words. 3rd ed. Bangalore 1883 (by L. Rice?).
– Catalogue of Sanskrit Manuscripts in Mysore and Coorg. 1884.
– edited: Bibliotheca Carnatica. 1884ff.; Epigraphia Carnatica. 1-12. 1886ff.
– Coorg Inscriptions. 1886, 2nd ed. of part 1. 1914; epigraphical articles.
– ed. The Karṇāṭaka Śabdabhūṣanam. Bangalore 1890.
– Mysore and Coorg from the inscriptions. 19+238 p. 10 pl. L. 1909.
Sources: L. D. Barnett, JRAS 1927, 934-936; Buckland, Dictionary; Wikipedia; with photo in http://www.persecution.in/content/rev-benjamin-lewis-rice-missionaries-contributions-india.
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