MARKBY, William

MARKBY, William. Duxford, Cambridgeshire 31.5.1829 — Headington, Oxford 15.10.1914. Sir. British Lawyer. Son of Rev. William Henry M., Rector of Duxford, and Sophia Randall. Educated at Bury St.Edmunds. From 1846 studies at Merton College, Oxford. Fellow of All Soul’s College and Balliol College. Called to the bar in 1856. In…

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MAINE, Henry

MAINE, Henry  James Sumner. Kelso, Roxburghshire 15.8.1822 — Cannes, France 3.2.1888. Sir. British Lawyer and Legal Historian in India. Son of Dr. James Maine and Eliza Fell, educated at Christ’s Hospital, London. From 1840 studies at Pembroke College, Cambridge (B.A.). Called to the bar from Lincoln’s Inn 1850. In 1847-54…

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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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WRIGHT, Joseph

WRIGHT, Joseph. Idle near Bradford, Yorkshire 31.10.1855 — 27.2.1930. British Linguist. Son of Dufton Wright (d. 1866), a woollen cloth weaver and quarryman, and Sarah Ann Atkinson, a modest family. Working from childhood he started night-school when 15, concentrating on languages, and in 1876 went with his modest savings to…

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ST. ANDREW ST. JOHN, Richard Fleming

ST. ANDREW ST. JOHN, Richard Fleming. 12.9.1839 — 6.2.1919. British Officer and Burmese Scholar. Son of Henry St.A. St.John and Emily Murray Belcher. Lieutenant. Deputy Commissioner in Burma. In the 1890s he taught Burmese at Oxford and at University College in London (1894), at least at Oxford continued until the…

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RADCLIFFE-BROWN, Alfred Reginald

RADCLIFFE-BROWN, Alfred Reginald (born A. R. Brown). Birmingham 17.1.1881 — London 24.10.1955. British Anthropologist. Son of Alfred Brown (d.1886), a manufacturer’s clerk, and Hannah Brown (née Radcliffe). Educated in Birmingham, from 1901 studies at Cambridge (Trinity College: B.A. 1905, M.A. 1909, under W. H. R. Rivers, Fellow of College 1908-14). Anthropological…

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RABIN, Chaim

RABIN, Chaim Menachem. Giessen 22.11.1915 — Jerusalem 13.5.1996. Israeli (born in Germany) Linguist and Semitic Scholar. Son of Israel and Martle Rabin. In 1933-34 studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, then at S.O.A.S. B.A. 1937 London. Ph.D. 1939 London, in Arabic. In 1938-41 Lecturer at S.O.A.S. After short internment further…

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SOOTHILL, William Edward

SOOTHILL, William Edward. Halifax, Yorkshire 23.1.1861 — Oxford 13.5.1935. Rev. British Missionary in China, then Sinologist and Buddhist Scholar. Son of William S., a textile worker. Studies at London University. Ordained 1882. In 1882–1911 Wesleyan Missionary in China, first in Wenzhou and in the end (1907-11) as Director of the Imperial…

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SMITH, Vincent A.

SMITH, Vincent Arthur. Dublin 3.6.1848 — Oxford 6.2.1920. British (Irish) Indologist, Historian and Art Historian of India, in India (1871–1900) and the U.K. Son of Aquilla Smith (1806–1890), a physician and noted numismatist and archaeologist, and Esther Faucett (d. 1850). Educated at Trinity College, Dublin (B.A. 1868) and Cambridge (M.A.).…

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SEDDON, Charles Norman

SEDDON, Charles Norman. Rock Ferry, Cheshire 18.12.1870 — Oxford 27.3.1950. British Civil Servant and Oriental (Marathi and Persian) Scholar. Son of Charles John S. and Emily Washburn. Educated in Liverpool, in 1889-91 studies at Oxford (Balliol College). Around 1891 to India, served in I.C.S., mainly in Gujarat. In retirement University…

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