SHEA, David

SHEA, David. Limerick county 1777 — Haileybury 10.5.1836. British (Irish) Persian Scholar. Professor at Haileybury. Son of Daniel Shea, a farmer. Studied Classics at Dublin from 1793, in 1898 expelled as nationalist, having refused an oath to government, and went to England. He worked as tutor in London, then as…

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ROSENMÜLLER, Ernst Friedrich Karl

ROSENMÜLLER, Ernst Friedrich Karl. Heßberg bei Hildburghausen 10.12.1768 — Leipzig 17.9.1835. German Arabist and Protestant Theologian. Son of Johann Georg R., a minister and rationalist theologian. Studies at Leipzig.  PD 1792, in 1796-1813 ao. Pr. of Arabic, 1813-35 ord. Professor of Oriental Languages at Leipzig. Also gave a “Kolleg über indische Studien”…

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RANKING, George S. A.

RANKING, George Speirs Alexander. Hastings, Sussex 1.1.1852 — Caversham, Berkshire 14.6.1934. British Physician and Oriental Scholar in India. Son of Robert and Isabella R. Educated in Cambridge, studied medicine in London. In 1875-1905 in Indian Medical Service, finally as Lieutenant-Colonel. M.A. Then 1905-20 University Lecturer in Persian at Ballioll College, Oxford. In…

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PRYM, Eugen

PRYM, Eugen. Düren 15.12.1843 — Bonn 6.5.1913. German Semitic Scholar. Professor in Bonn. Son of Richard Prym, a cloth manufacturer, and Ernestine Schoeller. Gymnasium in Düren. Studies of comparative linguistic and Oriental languages at Berlin, Leipzig (Fleischer) and Bonn (Gildemeister). Ph.D. 1868 Bonn, then fieldwork in Egypt and Syria (New…

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PALMER, Edward Henry

PALMER, Edward Henry. Cambridge 7.8.1840 — Sinai Peninsula 11.8.1882. British Oriental Scholar and Asian traveller. Son of William Henry P., a private schoolmaster, lost early his father. After school in Cambridge he was sent to London as a clerk. After a serious attack of tuberculosis returned and recovering began studies…

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MARTINI, François

MARTINI, François. Can Tho, Vietnam 20.5.1895 — 18.6.1965. French Indologist and South-East Asian Scholar. Son of Corsican father and Cambodian mother. Studied law and philosophy, participated in the WW I (wounded) and after war studied languages, soon Sanskrit under S. Lévi. Diplom of Thai at É.L.O.V. 1922, from 1928 taught…

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GUERRIER DE DUMAST, Auguste Prosper François, baron

GUERRIER DE DUMAST, Auguste Prosper François, baron. Nancy 26.2.1796 — Nancy 26.1.1883. French Scholar, a lay Orientalist. Son of François Louis G. de D. and Marie Françoise Nicolle. After school in Nancy studied law in Paris. Worked in army service, participated in 1823 Spanish war. From 1828 civil servant in…

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STEINSCHNEIDER, Moritz

STEINSCHNEIDER, Moritz. Prossnitz, Moravia (now Prostějov in Czech) 30.3.1816 — Berlin 24.1.1907. Moravian Jewish Rabbi and Semitic Scholar. Son of Jacob St., a Talmud scholar. After school Talmudic studies in Prague and Vienna, now also other Semitic languages. Pressed by anti-Jewish laws of Austria went to Leipzig and studied under…

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SMIRNOV, Vasilij Ivanovič

SMIRNOV, Vasilij Ivanovič. Tver gub. 1898 — 19??. Russian Indologist, specialist of Bengali. Son of a farmer. Graduated from teacher college 1918, worked as schoolteacher until 1928. Now studies at Moscow Oriental Institute, soon moved to Leningrad, graduated there 1932. Further studies under Barannikov. From September 1936 Docent at Leningrad…

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SILVESTRE DE SACY, Antoine Isaac

SILVESTRE DE SACY, Antoine Isaac (baron 1814). Paris 21.9.1758 — Paris 21.2.1838. French Oriental (Arabic and Persian) Scholar. Professor in Paris. Son ofAbraham Jacques Silvestre (d. 1765),a notary of a Jansenist Jewish family, and Marie Marguerite Judde, lost early his father. Privately educated, studied law. In 1781-92 worked in financial…

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