SMITH, Ronald Morton. Galashiels, Selkirkshire 25.8.1915 — 1997. British (Scots) Indologist in Canada. Studies at St.Andrews (M.A. 1939 in classics), Oxford (Pembroke College: B.A. & M.A. 1947 in Sanskrit and Avestan) and Cambridge (M.A. 1948). In 1948-55 Lecturer in Sanskrit at Cambridge. From 1955 taught Sanskrit and Indology at East Asian Studies Department, University of Toronto: 1955-59 Lecturer, 1959-67 Assistant Professor, 1967-74 Associate Professor, and 1974-82 Professor, in 1976-78 also chairman of Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies. Retired in 1982.

RMS was a many-sided and individual scholar, occasionally somewhat prone to unwarranted speculation. He was a famous figure at Toronto campus with his Lowland Scots kilt, tweed jacket and West Highland terrier.

Publications: “The story of Ambā in the Mahābhārata”, ALB 19, 1955, 85-171; “The story of Nala in the Mahābhārata”, JOIB 9:4, 1960, 352-386; “The Story of Śakuntalā in the Mahābhārata”, JBRS 46, 1960, 1-14

– “Power in Ancient India: 1. Chronology and Economics”, ABORI 38, 1957, 190-216 & 39, 1958, 1-33; “On the ancient chronology of India”, JAOS 77, 1957, 116-129, 266-280 & 78, 1958, 174-192.

On Sanskrit metres, IIJ 5, 1961-62, 19-35 & IT 8-9, 1980-81, 449-465.

– “On the original meaning of Taittirīya Upaniṣad 1, 11, 1-4”, Semi-centennial Vol. of Am. Or. Soc. Middle-Western Branch. Bloomington 1969, 211-216; “Thinking-class theism: the Śvetāśvatara Upaniṣad”, JOIB 24, 1975, 317-337; further articles on the Upaniṣads in ABORI 33, 1952, 97-113 & 34, 1953, 51-69 and VIJ 3, 1965, 181-191 & 14, 1976, 17-40.

Dates and Dynasties in Earliest India. Translation and justification of a critical text of the Purāṇa Dynasties. 10+517 p. Delhi 1973.

– “On the White Yajurveda Vamša”, E & W 16, 1966, 112-125; “The early heresies in the development of Indian Religion”, IT 2, 1974, 149-198.

– “Greek Kings in India: A Synopsis”, ABORI 58–59, 1978–1979, 327–336; “Gandhara: How Greek?”, Prācī-prabhā. Perspectives in Indology. Essays in honour of Professor B.  N. Mukherjee. 1989, 133–136.

Kings and Coins in India: Greek and Śaka self-advertisement. N.D. 1997.

Sources: E. Robbins & St. Sandahl (ed.), Corolla Torontonensis. Studies in Honour. Studies in Honour of R.M.S. 19+275 p. Toronto 1994, with brief life, bibliography and photo; brief note in IIJ 5, 1961-62, 84; Dir. Am. Sch. 3rd ed. 1957, 5th ed. 1, 1961, 8th ed. 1, 1982.