BILLARD, Roger

BILLARD, Roger. Puteaux (Paris) 29.12.1922 — Mennecy near Paris 30.12.2000. French Indologist. He was of modest origin and had to work after school, but the post in Oriental bookshop Adrien Maisonneuve led him to studies and he soon entered É.L.O.V. Studied Sanskrit, Hindi, Khmer, Arabic and Chinese. In 1945-51 worked…

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AINSLIE, Whitelaw

AINSLIE, Whitelaw. Duns, Berwickshire 17.2.1767 — London 29.4.1836. British Physician in India. Son of Robert A. and Catharine Whitelaw. Joined the E.I.C. medical service in 1788 as Assistant Surgeon, and served in Madras. Surgeon 1794, Superintending Surgeon 1810, retired in 1815 and returned to England. Wrote on the cholera, on fever,…

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WOEPCKE (Woepke), Franz

WOEPCKE (Woepke), Franz. Dessau 6.5.1826 — Paris 25.3.1864, when 37. German Orientalist (Arabic Scholar) and Historian of Mathematics in France. Son of a postmaster, educated in Dessau. From 1843 studies of mathematics at Berlin. Ph.D. 1847 Berlin. Now studied Arabic at Bonn under Freytag. PD 1850 Bonn. In 1850 moved…

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WISE, Thomas Alexander

WISE, Thomas Alexander. Dundee 13.6.1802 (?) — Norwood, London 23.7.1889. British (Scottish) Physician in India. Son of Thomas Wise, also a physician. Graduated in medicine, Edinburgh 1824. In 1827-51 in Indian Medical Service, soon became interested in Āyurveda. He studied Sanskrit and achieved an extensive collection of artefacts illustrating the…

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WILKINSON, Lancelot

WILKINSON, Lancelot. Crosby-Ravensworth, Cumbria 22.6.1805 — Sehore 13.11.1841. British Scholar of Astronomy in India. Came to India as a writer around 1822 and joined Bombay C.S. From 1824 Assistant to Collector of Southern Konkan, from 1826 Assistant Resident in Nagpore and from 1836 until his death Political Agent in Bhopal. Little…

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COLEBROOKE, Henry Thomas

COLEBROOKE, Henry Thomas. London 15.6.1765 — London 10.12.(or 10.3. or 18.3. or 10.4.)1837. British Pioneer of Indology, Lawyer and Mathematician. 1782-1814 in India. Third son of Sir George C. (1729–1809), 2nd Bart., a banker and later the chairman of the E.I.C.’s directors (in 1769), and Mary Gaynor. Privately educated at…

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BURROW, Reuben

BURROW, Reuben. Hoberley, near Shadwell, Leeds 30.12.1747 — Baxar, Bihar 7.6.1792. British Mathematician in India. “Son of a farmer, educated at Leeds. Became a clerk, usher, schoolmaster, assistant astronomer and schoolmaster at Greenwich, arithmetical teacher at the Tower, edited the Royal Almanack. Went to India in 1782, learnt Sanskrit.” In…

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BURNELL, Arthur Coke

BURNELL, Arthur Coke. St.Briavels, Gloucestershire 11.7.1840 — London 12. or 16.10.1882. British Civil Servant and Indologist in India. Son of Arthur B., of E.I.C.’s marine service, educated at Bedford School and at King’s College in London. Joined the I.C.S. in 1860, served in various parts of Madras Presidency from Malabar…

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BURGESS, Ebeneser

BURGESS, Ebenezer. Grafton, Vermont 26.6.1805 — Newton Centre, Mass. 1.1.1870. Rev. U.S. Missionary in India, a Scholar of Marathi, Sanskrit and Indian Astronomy. Son of elder E.B. and Mercy Hall. Educated at Amherst College and Andover Theological Seminary, ordained priest in 1839. Missionary in Western India in 1839-54 for American Board…

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BRENNAND, William

BRENNAND, William. 1818? — ?.2.1897. British Teacher in India, Principal of Dacca College (1856). In 1896 had already been 23 years in retirement, living in Somerset. Apparently he claims a common Central Asian origin for the astronomical knowledge of India, Mesopotamia and China. Publications: Hindu Astronomy. 14+328 p. L. 1896;…

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