MURPHY, John D.

MURPHY, John D. 1921 — 1997. U.S. Linguist. Perhaps at Catholic University of America, Washington DC. Publications: Much on African languages. – A handbook of the Tamil language. 8+141 p. Washington DC 1957. – With Champa Jarmul: A Nepali Newspaper reader. 9+274 p. Kensington 1984. – With S. Vaidyanathan: Tamil Newspaper reader. 6+434…

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MURDOCH, John

MURDOCH, John. Glasgow 22.7.1819 — Madras 10.8.1904. British (Scottish) Missionary in Sri Lanka and India. Son of John and Margret Murdoch, educated in Glasgow. After an unsuccesful attempt as a painter studies at Glasgow. Worked as teacher, in 1844 left for Ceylon. Headmaster of schools in Kandy, but resigned in…

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MATTHEWS, Gordon

MATTHEWS, Gordon. Rosby near Liverpool 1886 — Scotland 1947. Rev. British Missionary in South India. Son of John M., a local G.P., the family came from North Wales. Studies at Merton College, Oxford. M.A. 1910, B.Litt., B.D. 1912 (Mansfield College), now left for India. Professor of English and Vice-Principal at…

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MARSDEN, Edmund

MARSDEN, Edmund. 18?? — 19??. British author of textbooks, some of which were also translated into Hindī, Tamil and other languages. In 1893 he belonged to Madras Department of Public. Instruction, and was official Reader in Persian to the government, in 1903-07 agent of Macmillan publishers in India, retired. One…

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LINCOLN, J. H.

LINCOLN, J. H. 18?? — 1???. In 1902, the Annual departmental reports of the Straits Settlements mentions Eliza L., the widow of the late J.H.L., who was retired Tamil Interpreter of the Supreme Court in Singapore. Publications: English–Tamil Vocabulary with Tamil words.8+87 p. Singapur 1895. Sources: With mere initials it seems hopeless to find…

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LEEPER, Frederick James

LEEPER, Frederick James. Dublin 1831 — 1???. Rev. British (Irish?) Missionary in South India. Went to India in 1856, trained in Madras, ordained deacon 1857, priest 1860. Worked in Tinnevelly, Secunderabad, Kumbakonam, Tranquebar and Cuddalore. Retired in 1881, from 1887 curate of Vernhams Dean, Wiltshire. Married 1857 Mary Catharine Roberts.…

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KNIGHT, Joseph

KNIGHT, Joseph.17.10.1787 — Cotta 11.10.1840, when 53. Rev. British Missionary in Sri Lanka. Arrived at Colombo in June 1818 with three others (S. Lambrick, R. Major and B. Ward), then worked for Church Missionary Society at Nellore (Nallur) in Jaffna. Immediately he began to learn Tamil in order to preach…

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BARRIGUE DE FONTAINIEU, Gérard Hilaire Prosper Emmanuel Hippolyte

BARRIGUE DE FONTAINIEU, Gérard Hilaire Prosper Emmanuel Hippolyte, Baron, 1895 Marquis de Fontainieu. Marmande, Lot et Garonne 26.7.1863 — Paris 15.4.1927. French Indologist, specialist of Tamil and Hindustani. Son of Prosper BdeF and Françoise Delage, member of a family coming from Marseille and belonging to nobility from the early 18th century. Diplome…

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THOMPSON, M. S. H.

THOMPSON, M. S. H. 1??? — 1???. British Tamil Scholar. B.A. Active in 1928/65. Worked as teacher in Tamil Nadu, then taught Tamil at S.O.A.S. Publications: “The Agastya Selection of Tamil Saivite Hymns”, BSOS 4:4, 1928, 761-768; “The Avvai of the Sangam Anthologies”, BSOAS 12:2, 1948, 399-402; “The Mahābhārata in…

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RÜCKERT, Friedrich

RÜCKERT, Friedrich. Schweinfurt 16.5.1788 — Neusess bei Coburg, Franken 31.1.1866. German Poet, Translator, Oriental Scholar and Indologist. Professor in Erlangen and Berlin. Son of Johann Adam R. (1763–1831), a lawyer, and Maria Barbara Schoppach (1766–1835). After gymnasium in Schweinfurt (1802–05) studies of law, languages and literature at Würzburg (1805-09) and…

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