PEARSE, George Godfrey

PEARSE, George Godfrey. Madras 4.1.1827 — Shanklin, Isle of Wight 5.12.1905. British Colonial Officer in India, noted as a Numismatist. Son of Dr. George P., a physician from Edinburgh, and Anne Sarah McCulloch. Served in South India from 1844, in 1848-55 in the north-west frontier. Major (1869), then General of…

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OLDHAM, Thomas

OLDHAM, Thomas. Dublin 4.5.1816 — Rugby 17.7.1878. British (Anglo-Irish) Geologist in India. Son of Thomas O. and Margaret Boyd. Educated privately, studies at Trinity College in Dublin, B.A. 1836, M.A. 1846. From 1836 further studies of geology at Edinburgh. In 1838 employed in the survey of Londonderry, then elsewhere in…

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OERTEL, Friedrich Oscar

OERTEL, Friedrich Oscar (from 1921 F. O. Lechmere-Oertel). Hannover 9.12.1862 — New York 22.12.1942. German-born Engineer, Architect and Archaeologist in India. Went to India in 1883 giving up his German citizeship, naturalized as British. In 1883-87 assistant engineer on railway & building construction in North-Western Provinces and Oudh, 1887-88 studied architecture…

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CURIEL, Raoul

CURIEL, Raoul. Cairo 23.6.1913 — Paris 23.2.2000. French (citizen 1947) Indologist, Iranian Scholar, Numismatist and Archaeologist. Son of Daniel C., a wealthy banker, of a Francophone Sephardic Jewish family. In 1933 came to Paris for law study, but also studied Indology (Lévi, Bloch and Foucher), Iranian (Benveniste) and sociology (Mauss).…

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PIGGOTT, Stuart

PIGGOTT, Stuart. Petersfield, Hampshire 28.5.1910 — 23.9.1996. British Archaeologist. After Churcher’s College worked from 1927 at Reading Museum, where he learned Neolithic pottery and soon evolved an archaeologist. Excavated several Wessex sites. Formal diplom only 1936 from London Institute of Archaeology (Wheeler). During the war worked as an air photo…

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PEPPE, William Claxton

PEPPE, William Claxton. Birdpur, Gorakhpur dt. 1.2.1852 — Welshpool, Montgomeryshire 1937. British Engineer in India, interested in Archaeology. Son of —> William P. Educated in Aberdeen, then studied there engineering. He inherited the indigo estate of Birdwood in Piprahwa (in U.P. close to Nepalese border), where he conducted excavations and…

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PEPPE, Thomas Frazer

PEPPE, Thomas Frazer. Scotland 1826/33 (not 1839/44) — Ranchi, India 4.6.1907. British (Scottish) Civil Servant in India, interested in Archaeology and Photography. Son of George Peppe (as he died 1837, the birth years 1839 and 1844 are impossible) and Janet Thomson, brother of —> William Peppe. In 1865 served in…

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STEIN, Mark Aurel

STEIN, Mark Aurel. Budapest 26.11.1862 — Kabul 26.10.1943. Sir. Hungarian Explorer, Indologist, and Archaeologist living in India (since 1888). British citizen (1904). Born to aged parents (mother 45, father more), the father M. Nathan Stein was a merchant, uncle Ignaz Hirschler, archaeologist, physician and politician. School in Budapest and Dresden, studied…

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SPOONER, David Brainerd

SPOONER, David Brainerd. Vermon, Vermont 7.2.1879 — Agra 30.1.1925. U.S. Indologist and Archaeologist in India. Studied at Stanford University in California. After graduation (B.A. 1899) he went to Japan and studied Sanskrit at Imperial University, then at Sanskrit College in Varanasi. Ph.D. 1906 Harvard, under Lanman (some say at Berlin).…

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SCHLUMBERGER, Daniel.

SCHLUMBERGER, Daniel Théodore. Mulhouse (Alsace, then German Elsaß) 19.12.1904 — Princeton NJ 21.10.1972. French (Alsatian) Archaeologist of Afghanistan. Son of a protestant factory owner, nephew of the Oriental scholar Paul Perdrizet (1870–1932). After school in Mulhouse studied history and geography at Strasbourg, then Paris where he became student of René…

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