WISE, Thomas Alexander

WISE, Thomas Alexander. Dundee 13.6.1802 (?) — Norwood, London 23.7.1889. British (Scottish) Physician in India. Son of Thomas Wise, also a physician. Graduated in medicine, Edinburgh 1824. In 1827-51 in Indian Medical Service, soon became interested in Āyurveda. He studied Sanskrit and achieved an extensive collection of artefacts illustrating the traditions and religions in Northern India and Tibet (now in Dundee Museum). In 1834 founded Hooghly Mohsin College and became its Principal. Retired on health grounds and returned to Scotland where he began to study local antiquities. Lived in Edinburgh, later moved to London. Married Emily Isabella Disney (d. 1839) and then Harriet Elizabeth (d. 1881), children.

Publications: Commentary on the Hindu system of medicine. An exposition of ancient Indian medicine as embodied in Sanskrit literature. 1845?, 2nd ed. 431 p. L. 1860.

– Also medical publications.

Sources: http://www.umis.ac.uk/conferences/conference1998.html; Wikipedia (born 13.6., findagrave.com has 17.1. a third source 12.1. – always 1802).

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