WIJK, Walter van

WIJK, Walter Emile van. Amsterdam 23.1.1887 — Arnhem 14.11.1961. Dutch Scholar of Chronology and History of Science. Son of Wouter van Wijk, an insurer, and Emilie Hunziker. Studies of science at Leiden, 1920 dr. in chemistry. Even before this worked as teacher in adult education. PD of Chronology 1924 Leiden. In 1933-38 Director of Gemeentelijke Onderwijs Museum en de Schoolbioscoop in the Hague, 1938-53 of Collège néerlandais in the Cité Universitaire in Paris. Back in the Netherlands again, PD at Leiden from 1954. Praised as a specialist in ancient Indian astronomy. Married 1916 Alida Wilhelmina Weijdung.

Publications: “On Hindu Chronology”, AO 1, 1923, 206-223; 2, 1924, 55-62, 235-249; 4, 1926, 55-80; 5, 1927, 1-27; “The eras of the Indian Kharoṣṭhī inscriptions“, AO 3, 1924, 51-91; “On the dates in the Kaniṣka Era”, AO 5, 1927, 168-170; “The Hindu almanac”, Asiatic Review N.S. 34:118, 1938, 282-288; a few further articles in Dutch.

Decimal tables for the reduction of Hindu dates from the data of the Sūrya-Siddhānta. 33 p. the Hague 1938.

Much unrelated to India.

Sources: Dutch Indology homepage; Dutch Wikipedia.

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