WEST, Michael Philip

WEST, Michael Philip. Cheltenham, Gloucestershire 26.9.1888 — Painswick Glos 19.3.1973. British Teacher in India. Son of Rev. George Herbert West, a Headmaster, and Florence Mary Middlemore-Whithard. After Marlborough College studies at Christ Church College, Oxford. From 1912 worked in Indian Education Service in Bengal. He did important work developing the teaching…

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UPJOHN, Aaron

UPJOHN, Aaron. 17?? — 1???. British Printer in India. Arrived at Calcutta in 1785 as ship’s musician (bassoon player). There he became printer and part owner of the Calcutta Chronicle. Bankrupt in 1792. He printedthe very first Bengali–English dictionary ever published in his own name, but it is claimed that the real…

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TOWERS, Robert Mason

TOWERS, Robert Mason. 18?? — 1907. British Civil Servant in India. Studies at Trinity College, Dublin (M.A.), then in I.C.S. From 1874 Judge in Bhagalpur and Monghyr. Retired. From 1888 Professor of Bengali at King’s College, London and 1888-1907 taught Bengali at Cambridge (at Caius College, 1897 University Teacher). Committed…

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SYKES, James

SYKES, James. Oxford 1807 — 1872. Book Printer in India. In Calcutta working for Church Missionary Society, printer of Bishop’s College there from 1828 and still in 1852. This press printed the JASB from 1832 on. Married 1831 Frances (Fanny) Cauldwell Lawson, children. Publications: Anglo–Bengali Dictionary: Iṁrājī o vāṅgālā abhidhāna. 256 p. Calcutta…

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STURSBERG, Otto

STURSBERG, Otto. 1871 — 19??. German Student of Indology. Ph.D. 1907 Berlin. Probably a priest and missionary in Berhampore, India, in 1896-1938. Mentioned as living in 1943. Publications: Diss. Das Caitanyacaritāmṛta des Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja. Eine altbengalische Lebens­geshichte Caitanyas. 54 p. B. 1907. – 100 years in Berhampore. 30 p. L. 1939. Sources: Stray notes…

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SAMMAN, Herbert Frederick

SAMMAN, Herbert Frederick. 1871 — 1940. British Civil Servant in India. In 1892-1919 served in Bengal. In 1922-35 Lecturer in Bengali at Cambridge. Married, at least one son. Publications: Nothing found. Sources: A few stray notes in Internet.

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ROUSE, George Henry

ROUSE, George Henry. Melton, Suffolk 1838 — Worthing, Sussex 2.4.1909. Rev. British Baptist Missionary in India. Son of Rolla Rouse and Elizabeth Jane Meadow. Became Baptist when 16. After Stepney College studies at London University. M.A., LL.B., D.D. Missionary In Calcutta in 1861-67, returned because of health problems. In 1867-72…

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PRICE, William (younger)

PRICE, William. 17?? — 18??. British Colonial Officer and Oriental Scholar in India. Lieutenant (1807), then Captain (1823) and Major (1831) in the 5th native regiment in Bengal. Taught Bengali, Marathi and Sanskrit at Fort William College, from 1824 Professor of Hindee (i.e. Braj) and Hindoostanee there. Retired in 1834…

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POPE, John Van Someren

POPE, John Van Someren. Plymouth 3.1.1850 — London 10.11.1936. British Teacher and Oriental Scholar. Son of —> G. U. Pope. Studies at Cambridge, M.A. Teacher in Calcutta: Professor at Presidency College (1877). Public Inspector of Schools for Eastern Circe (1889 on furlough). Finally Director of Public Instruction in Burma for 17…

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PEARSON, John

PEARSON, John. Calcutta 1790 — 1831. British Missionary in India. Worked for London Missionary Society in Bengal Publications: A School Dictionary, English–Bengali. Calcutta 1829. Sources: A. K. Biswas, “Rammohun Roy, his intellectual compatriots and their scientific contributions”, Indian Journal of History of Science 46.3, 2011, 427-481 (briefly on p. 450).

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