PLATNER, Samuel Ball

PLATNER, Samuel Ball. Unionville, Conn. 4.12.1863 — at sea 20.8.1921. U.S. Classical Scholar also interested in Sanskrit. Son of William Pl., a factory owner, and Emily Childs Ball, brother of theologian J. W. Pl. (1865–1921). Studies at Yale (A.B. 1883, Ph.D. 1885), further studies in 1889-90 at Berlin and Bonn. Taught…

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PICTET, Adolphe

PICTET, Adolphe. Lancy 9/11.9.1799 — Geneva 12/20.12.1875. Swiss Officer and IE Scholar. Teacher and Docent in Geneva. Son of the well known diplomat and politician, the member of Genevan Government Charles Pictet-de Rochemont, and Sara Rochemont. Studies at Hofwyl (Bern), then aesthetics and philosophy from 1820 in Paris, 1821-23 at…

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PETROV, Pavel Jakovlevič

PETROV, Pavel Jakovlevič. St.Petersburg 25.(7.)7.1814 — Moscow 7.(19.)9.1875. Russian Indologist and Arabic Scholar. Professor in Kazan and Moscow. Son of a poor schoolteacher, Jakov Osipovič P., he was educated in St.Petersburg and Moscow and graduated (kand.) from Moscow University in 1832. Then he studied Oriental languages and Sanskrit (under Lenz)…

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VASCONCELOS (DE) ABREU, Guilherme Augusto (de)

VASCONCELOS (DE) ABREU, Guilherme Augusto (de). Coimbra 20.5.1842 — Lisbon 1.2.1907. Portuguese Indologist. Professor in Lisbon. Born in Portugal, he lived some time in Brazil, and studied then mathematics at Coimbra University and artillery at military school, also attending engineer class at navy school. The death of his father interrupted…

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VALVANNE, Hugo

VALVANNE, Hugo (until 1906 H. Wegelius). Pietarsaari 18.7.1894 — Funen, Denmark 25.7.1961. Finnish Student of Indology and Diplomatist. Son of Henrik Wegelius, a vicar, and Hanna Häggman, matriculated from Porin lyseo in 1912. Studied Indology (under Reuter) and other subjects at Helsinki University (M.A. 1919) and planned a dissertation on…

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ZAEHNER, Robin Charles

ZAEHNER, Robert Charles. Sevenoaks, Kent 8.4.1913 — Oxford 24.11.1974. British Scholar of Comparative Religion, especially Iranian and Indian. Professor in Oxford. Son of Swiss-German immigrants to England. Educated at Tonbridge School. From 1932 studied at Christ Church College, Oxford, i.al. classics, Persian and Iranian, also Sanskrit and Arabic, 1936-37 Middle Persian…

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OLTRAMARE, Jean Paul Gamaliel

OLTRAMARE, Jean Paul Gamaliel. Geneva 6.4.1854 — Geneva 22.10.1930. Swiss Indologist and Scholar of Religion. Professor in Geneva. Son of André O., the Professor of Latin at Geneva University, of an old Genevan family, and and Jeanne Louise Andrienne Fournier. Studies of sciences and humanities at Geneva in 1872-75 (started…

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OLSHAUSEN, Justus

OLSHAUSEN, Justus. Hohenfelde, Holstein 9.5.1800 — Berlin 28.12.1882. German Oriental Scholar and Theologian. Professor in Kiel and Königsberg. Son of Rev. (later Superintendent) Detlev O., younger brother of theologian Hermann O. (1796–1839). After school in Glückstadt, studied in 1816-19 at Kiel and 1819-20 at Berlin theology and Oriental languages, then…

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OL’DENBURG, Sergeij Fedorovič

OL’DENBURG, Sergej Fedorovič (Serge d’Oldenbourg). Bjankino, Zabajkal’skoj obl. (now Tšita obl., Nerčinsk. raion) 14.(26.)9.1863 — Leningrad 28.2.1934. Russian Indologist and Art Historian. Professor and Academician in St.Petersburg/Leningrad. Son of Fedor Fedorovič O., an officer, of Livonian nobility, and Nadežda Fëdorovna Berg. Matriculated in 1881, was already interested in India and…

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NURMEKUND, Pent.

NURMEKUND, Pent. Kilingi near Pärnu 16.12.1906 — Tartu 26.12.1996. Estonian Linguist and Oriental Scholar, specialized in Chinese and Indian languages and literatures. Born in a poor family as son of an agrarian worker he could only proceed slowly with his studies and matriculated in 1928 from Viljandi Gymnasium. After military…

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