BROWN, George William

BROWN, George William. Hartford co., Maryland 25.10.1870 — Hartford CT (?) 4.12.1932. U.S. Missionary and Indologist. Son of a farmer in Hartford co., Maryland. Studies at Hiram College in Ohio, A.B. 1897, M.A. 1898. Missionary in Central India in 1900–1917, with intervals at home (1908-10), where he presented his Ph.D. dissertation in Indology under Bloomfield at Johns Hopkins in 1910. Worked as teacher and vicat in Harda, from 1904 in Jabalpur. After returning to home, he was Professor at Transylvania College, Dean of College of Missions in Indianapolis, and Head of India Department at Kentucky School of Missions (Hartford Seminary Foundation). Married 1891 Virginia Clark Archer, father of —> W. Norman Brown.

GWB was interested in NIA and Dravidian languages and in Indian religion, emphasizing the Dravidian element in Indian thought.

Publications: diss. The Human Body in the Upanishads. MS. 1910, publ. 230 p. Jubbulpore 1921.

– “Prāṇa and Apāna”, JAOS 39, 1919, 104-112; “The Sources of Indian philosophical Ideas”, Bloomfield Volume 1920, 75-88; “The Possibility of a Connection between Mitanni and the Dravidian Language”, JAOS 50, 1930, 273-305.

Sources: Short note in JAOS 33, 1933, 369; They Went to India. Biographies of Missionaries. Indianapolis n.d., 44f. (https://digitalcommons.acu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1480&context=crs_books); not in Who Was Who in Am., not in Am. Biogr. Arch. 1st & 2nd Series.

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