WINDISCH, Ernst Wilhelm Oskar

WINDISCH, Ernst Wilhelm Oskar. Dresden 4.9.1844 (or 14.9.?) — Dresden 30.10.1918. German Indologist and Celtic Scholar. Professor in Leipzig. Son of a schoolteacher, Louis W. Windisch and Caroline Lamm.After Kreuzschule in Leipzig studiedfrom 1863 at Leipzig classics, Germanic (under Zarncke), Sanskrit (Brockhaus) and Comparative Linguistics (Curtius). Ph.D. 1867 Leipzig. PD…

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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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WILKINS, Charles

WILKINS, Charles. Frome, Somerset bapt. 21.6.1749 (not 1750!) — London 13.5.1833. Sir. British Pioneer of Indology. In India 1770-86. Son of Hugh W. (Sengupta Walter W.)and Mary Wray, a modest family. Joining the E.I.C.’s service he came to India as a Writer in July 1770 and served in 1770-72 as…

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WILFORD, Francis

WILFORD, Francis. 1761 (1771 makes him too young for his early career) — Benares 1822. British (of German Origin) Colonial Officer and Indologist in India. Born in the Kingdom of Hannover, obtained classical education. In 1781 joined the E.I.C.’s military service. Served many years as Lieutenant, in the end Colonel…

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WHITNEY, William Dwight

WHITNEY, William Dwight. Nothampton, Mass. 9.2.1827 (hardly 1828) — New Haven, Conn. 7/8.6. 1894. U.S. Indologist. Professor in New Haven. Born in an old Yankee family as the son of a businessman, Josiah Dwight Whitney, and Sarah Williston. Educated in 1842-45 at Williams College (B.A. 1845). In 1845-49 he worked…

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WHEELER, Sir Mortimer

WHEELER, Mortimer (Robert Eric Mortimer; “Ric”). Glasgow 10.9.1890 — Surrey 22.7.1976. British archæologist. Sir. Son of journalist Robert Wh. and Emily Baynes. Grew up in Edinburgh and near Bradford (where school). Studies at London University College, in 1914 begun his work as archæologist and married. In 1914-18 in army in…

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WESTERGAARD, Niels Ludvig

WESTERGAARD, Niels Ludvig. Copenhagen 27.10.1815 — Copenhagen 9.9.1878. Danish Indologist and Iranian Scholar. Professor in Copenhagen. Son of a master carpenter, Niels Nielsen W. and Sophie Magdalene Nyeborg. As a schoolboy he became interested, from the example of Rask, in comparative linguistics and Oriental languages. From 1833 studied at Copenhagen…

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WENNERBERG, Claes

WENNERBERG, Claes. 1939 — ?.7.1996, when 57. Swedish Indologist. Son of Gunnar W. and Torborg “Bojan” Broden. Studies in Gothenburg under Liebert. Ph.D. 1981 Göteborg Universitet. Docent and half-time Universitets­lektor teaching Indology and comparative linguistics at Gothenburg until his sudden and unexpected death. Married Doris, two sons. Publications: Diss. Die…

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WEBER, Albrecht

WEBER, Albrecht Friedrich. Breslau 17.2.1825 — Berlin 30.11.1901. German Indologist. Professor in Berlin. Son of Benedikt Weber, a Professor of Economics. Educated at monastery school in Rossleben, learned Greek and Hebrew. In 1842-45 studied classical and Oriental philology at Breslau (under Stenzler), for a while at Bonn (1844, Lassen and…

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WALLESER, Max Gebhard Lebrecht

WALLESER, Max Gebhard Lebrecht. Mannheim 18.6.1874 — Wiesloch (Baden) 15.4.1954. German Indologist, specialist of Buddhism. Professor in Heidelberg. Son of a schoolteacher (gymn.professor) Jacob Martin W. and Maria Magdalene Lend.Gymnasium in Mannheim.From 1891 studies at Heidelberg, Freiburg i. Br. and Geneva. In 1895/96 passed the Staatsexamen and started working as…

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