WIKANDER, Oscar Stig

WIKANDER, Oscar Stig. Norrtälje 27.8.1908 — 20.12.1983. Swedish Indo-Iranian Scholar. Professor in Uppsala. Son of a pharmacist, educated in Uppsala. Studies in 1925-38 at Uppsala under Charpentier and Nyberg, also at Copenhagen under Christensen, and at Paris and Berlin. Degrees at Uppsala: 1927 phil.mag. in classics, 1937 phil.lic., 1938 phil.dr.…

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WHITNEY, William Dwight

WHITNEY, William Dwight. Nothampton, Mass. 9.2.1827 — 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 in his…

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WHEELER, Sir Mortimer

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

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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. As a schoolboy he became interested, from the example of Rask, in comparative linguistics and Oriental languages. From 1833 studied at Copenhagen Scandinavian and Indian languages (Johannsen), in 1838-39…

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WEBER, Albrecht Friedrich

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, learnt 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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WARE, James Ronald

WARE, James Ronald. 1901 — 19??. U.S. Buddhist Scholar. Teacher of Latin. Studies of Indology (and evidently Classics) at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (Edgerton), then further studies of Indology, Tibetan and Chinese in Paris (Lévi et al.). Around 1924 Instructor of Latin at Lehigh University in Bethlehem Pa., in…

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WAGENER, Auguste

WAGENER, Auguste. Roermund; Netherlands 8.6.1829 — Gand (Ghent) 14.5.1896. Belgian Classical Philologist. Professor in Ghent. Born in the Netherlands, son of a teacher with Luxemburgian origin, educated in Roermund. In 1845-49 studied at Bonn Classics (Ritschl) and Sanskrit (Lassen). Ph.D. 1849 Bonn. A second doctorate, in order to get a…

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ROTH, Walter Rudolf (von)

ROTH, Walter Rudolf (von). Stuttgart 3.4.1821 — Tübingen 23/24.6.1895. German Indologist. Professor in Tübingen. Son of an official, in a family of Lutheran priests and teachers, lost his father in the age of 13, but was cared for by the family. Studies of theology at Tübingen, also learnt Seand Sanskrit…

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ROSS, Edward Denison

ROSS, Edward Denison. London 6.6.1871 — Istanbul 23.9.1940. Sir. British Oriental (Persian) Scholar in India. Professor in London. Son of Rev. Alexander J. Ross, D.D., the vicar of St.Philip’s in Stepney, educated in Marlborough and University College, London. Further studies of Arabic and Persian in Paris (under Schefer) and Strassburg…

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ROSEN, Friedrich August

ROSEN, Friedrich August. Hannover 2.9.1805 — London 12.9.1837. German Indologist and Oriental Scholar in the U.K. Professor in London. Son of Friedrich Ballhorn R. (1774–1845), a lawyer and juridical author, and Charlotte Eisendecher (d. 1818), brother of the diplomat and Arabic scholar Georg Rosen (1820–1891). After gymnasium in Göttingen started…

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