STRATTON, Alfred William

STRATTON, Alfred William. Toronto 1866 — Gulmarg, Kashmir 23.8.1902 (when 38). Canadian Indologist in India. Graduated in 1887 from the University of Toronto. In 1887-92 taught classics at Hamilton Collegiate Institute. In 1892 began study of Sanskrit and IE at Johns Hopkins. Fellow at Johns Hopkins 1893, taught Sanskrit classes. Ph.D. there 1895. In 1895-99 Assistant, then Associate Professor of Sanskrit at University of Chicago. From 1899 until his early death Principal of Oriental College in Lahore. Died of a brief illness during a holiday in Kashmir. Married 1902 Anna Booth Montgomery.

Early death interrupted Stratton’s scholarly plans which included an edition of the sūtras of the Kaṭha school and an extensive bibliography of the Upaniṣads. According to The Spectator, “he was always a good British Imperialist”.

Publications: Diss. on the m-suffixes in Greek noun-formation. 1895, publ. in Chicago Studies in Classical Philology 2, 1899, 115-243.

Review of Hopkins’ The Religions of India. 1895, AJPh 18, 1897, 88-91; “A dated Gandhāra figure”, JAOS 24, 1903, 1-6.

Letters from India, with a Memoir by his wife Anna Booth Stratton. 15+368 p. 11 pl. L. 1908.

Sources: Bloomfield, AJPh 23, 1902, 351-353; The Spectator 11.4.1908 (

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