List of Indologists

This article serves as a reference for the names of important indologists. The first part of this article has indologists listed in chronological order by birth date. The second part of this article crunches the data on the indologists’ nationalities.

There are 99 indologists named on this list. The first one was born in 1691 and the last one was born in 1965. The first Indian indologist was born in 1837, nearly 150 years after the first recognized indologist on this list.

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There is 1 indologist which was born before 1700.

There are 13 indologists which were born before 1800.

There are 59 indologists which were born before 1900.

There are 26 indologists which were born before 2000.

this list is based on the information presented below

The current list is as follows;

1691-1779 – Gaston-Laurent Cœurdoux (French Jesuit)

1731-1805 – Anquetil Duperron (French)

1746-1794 – William Jones (Anglo-Welsh)

1753-1821 – Charles Wilkins (English)

1753-1821 – Colin Mackenzie (Scottish)

1760-1833 – Dimitrios Galanos (Greek)

1765-1837 – Henry Thomas Colebrooke (English)

1765-1848 – Jean-Antoine Dubois (French Catholic)

1767-1845 – August Wilhelm Schlegel (German)

1773-1836 – James Mill (Scottish)

1786-1860 – Horace Hayman Wilson (English)

1791-1867 – Franz Bopp (German)

1798-1868 – Duncan Forbes (Scottish linguist)

1799-1840 – James Prinsep (English)

1809-1877 – Hermann Grassmann (German)

1810-1882 – John Muir (Scottish indologist)

1813-1889 – Edward Balfour (Scottish)

1814-1891 – Robert Caldwell (Irish)

1814-1893 – Alexander Cunningham (British)

1814-1893 – Hermann Gundert (German)

1815-1904 – Otto von Bohtlingk (German)

1819-1899 – Monier Monier-Williams (British)

1820-1889 – Henry Yule (Scottish)

1821-1893 – Rudolf von Roth (German)

1822-1907 – Theodor Aufrecht (German)

1823-1900 – Max Müller (German)

1825-1901 – Albrecht Weber (German)

1826-1906 – Ralph T.H. Griffith (English)

1827-1894 – William Dwight Whitney (American)

1832-1903 – Ferdinand Kittel (German?)

1832-1904 – Edwin Arnold (English)

1833-1917 – Johan Hendrik Caspar Kern (Dutch)

1836-1908 – Gustav Solomon Oppert (German)

1837-1898 – Georg Bühler (German)

1837-1926 – Ramakrishna Gopal Bhandarkar (Indian)

1840-1882 – Arthur Coke Burnell (English)

1842-1918 – Julius Eggeling (Scottish?)

1845-1919 – Paul Deussen (German)

1848-1920 – Vincent Arthur Smith (British)

1849-1894 – James Darmesteter (French)

1850-1893 – Kashinath Trimbak Teland (Indian)

1850-1937 – Hermann Jacobi (German)

1853-1930 – Alois Anton Führer (German)

1853-1938 – Jacob Wackernagel (Swiss)

1854-1920 – Hermann Oldenberg

1854-1930 – Arthur Anthony Macdonell (German?)

1855-1928 – Maurice Bloomfield (German)

1856-1896 – Harilal Dhruv (Indian)

1857-1927 – Eugene Hultzsch (German)

1862-1943 – Mark Aurel Stein (Hungarian/British)

1863-1931 – P.T. Srinivasa Iyengar (indian)

1863-1937 – Moriz Winternitz (Austrian, Jewish scholar)

1866-1942 – Fyodor Shcherbatskoy (Russian)

1867-1956 – F.W. Thomas (English)

1871-1947 – S. Krishnaswami Aiyangar (Indian)

1872-1955 – Percy Brown (British)

1876-1958 – John Hubert Marshall (English)

1879-1944 – Arthur Berriedale Keith (Scottish)

1880-1972 – Pandurang Vaman Kane (Indian)

1882-1955 – Pierre Johanns (German? Jesuit)

1885-1927 – Andrzej Gawronski (Polish)

1885-1964 – Willibald Kirfel (German)

1887-1960 – Johannes Nobel (German)

1888-1961 – Betty Heimann (Jewish German)

1889-1981 – Alice Boner (Swiss)

1890-1943 – Heinrich Zimmer (German)

1890-1963 – Ervin Baktay (Hungarian)

1890-1976 – Mortimer Wheeler (British)

1891-1956 – B.R. Ambedkar (Indian)

1892-1975 – K.A. Nilakanta Sastri (Indian)

1893-1963 – Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan (Indian), Father of Hindi Travelogue Travel literature

1893-1985 – Vasudev Vishnu Mirashi (Indian)

1896-1953 – V.R. Ramachandra Dikshitar (Indian)

1903-1976 – Dasharatha Sharma (Indian)

1927-present? – Shakti M. Gupta (Indian)

1904-1974 – S. Srikanta Sastri (Indian)

1904-1987 – Joseph Campbell (American)

1904-2005 – Murray Barnson Emeneau (Nova-Scotian/American)

1905-1991 – Jan Gonda (Dutch)

1905-2001- Paul Thieme (German)

1906-1982 – Jean Filliozat (French)

1907-1994 – Alain Danielou (French)

1907-2003 – Franciscus Bernardus Jacobus Kuiper (Netherlands)

1909-1986 – Thomas Burrow (English)

1909-1993 – Jagdish Chandra Jain (Indian)

1909-2001 – Ramchandra Narayan Dandekar (Indian)

1914-1986 – Arthur Llewellyn Basham (English)

1916-1997 – Richard De Smet (Belgian Jesuit)

1917-1998 – P. N. Pushp (Indian?)

1920-2009 – Admad Hasan Dani (Pakistani)

1922-2010 – Madeleine Biardeau (French)

1926-2003 – V. S. Pathak (Indian)

1927-2009 – Kamil Zvelebil (Czech scholar)

1928-1979 – J. A. B. van Buitenen (Dutch)

1929-2007 – Tatyana Elizarenkova (Soviet Russian)

1940-present – Bettina Baumer (Austrian)

1940-present – Arvind Sharma (Indian)

1941-1977 – Anncharlott Eschmann (German)

1965-present – William Dalrymple (Scottish)

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American

There is 1 American indologist. He is;

1827-1894 – William Dwight Whitney (American)

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Anglo-Welsh

There is 1 Anglo-Welsh indologist. He is;

1746-1794 – William Jones (Anglo-Welsh)

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Austrian

There are 2 Austrian indologists. They are;

1863-1937 – Moriz Winternitz (Austrian, Jewish scholar)

1940-present? – Bettina Baumer (Austrian)

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Belgian

There is 1 Belgian indologist. He is;

1916-1997 – Richard De Smet (Belgian Jesuit)

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British

There are 5 British indologists. They are;

1814-1893 – Alexander Cunningham (British)

1819-1899 – Monier Monier-Williams (British)

1848-1920 – Vincent Arthur Smith (British)

1862-1943 – Mark Aurel Stein (Hungarian/British)

1872-1955 – Percy Brown (British)

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Czech

There is 1 Czech indologist. He is;

1927-2009 – Kamil Zvelebil (Czech scholar)

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Dutch

There are 3 Dutch indologists. They are;

1833-1917 – Johan Hendrik Caspar Kern (Dutch)

1905-1991 – Jan Gonda (Dutch)

1928-1979 – J. A. B. van Buitenen (Dutch)

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English

There are 11 English indologists. They are;

1753-1821 – Charles Wilkins (English)

1765-1837 – Henry Thomas Colebrooke (English)

1786-1860 – Horace Hayman Wilson (English)

1799-1840 – James Prinsep (English)

1826-1906 – Ralph T.H. Griffith (English)

1832-1904 – Edwin Arnold (English)

1840-1882 – Arthur Coke Burnell (English)

1867-1956 – F.W. Thomas (English)

1876-1958 – John Hubert Marshall (English)

1909-1986 – Thomas Burrow (English)

1914-1986 – Arthur Llewellyn Basham (English)

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French

There are 7 French indologists. They are;

1691-1779 – Gaston-Laurent Cœurdoux (French Jesuit)

1731-1805 – Anquetil Duperron (French)

1765-1848 – Jean-Antoine Dubois (French Catholic)

1849-1894 – James Darmesteter (French)

1906-1982 – Jean Filliozat (French)

1907-1994 – Alain Danielou (French)

1922-2010 – Madeleine Biardeau (French)

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German

There are 23 German indologists. They are;

1767-1845 – August Wilhelm Schlegel (German)

1809-1877 – Hermann Grassmann (German)

1814-1893 – Hermann Gundert (German)

1815-1904 – Otto von Bohtlingk (German)

1821-1893 – Rudolf von Roth (German)

1822-1907 – Theodor Aufrecht (German)

1823-1900 – Max Müller (German)

1825-1901 – Albrecht Weber (German)

1832-1903 – Ferdinand Kittel (German?)

1836-1908 – Gustav Solomon Oppert (German)

1837-1898 – Georg Bühler (German)

1845-1919 – Paul Deussen (German)

1850-1937 – Hermann Jacobi (German)

1853-1930 – Alois Anton Führer (German)

1854-1930 – Arthur Anthony Macdonell (German?)

1855-1928 – Maurice Bloomfield (German)

1857-1927 – Eugene Hultzsch (German)

1882-1955 – Pierre Johanns (German? Jesuit)

1885-1964 – Willibald Kirfel (German)

1887-1960 – Johannes Nobel (German)

1888-1961 – Betty Heimann (Jewish German)

1890-1943 – Heinrich Zimmer (German)

1941-1977 – Anncharlott Eschmann (German)

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Greek

There is 1 Greek indologist. He is;

1760-1833 – Dimitrios Galanos (Greek)

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Indian

There are 18 Indian indologists. They are;

1837-1926 – Ramakrishna Gopal Bhandarkar (Indian)

1850-1893 – Kashinath Trimbak Teland (Indian)

1856-1896 – Harilal Dhruv (Indian)

1863-1931 – P.T. Srinivasa Iyengar (indian)

1871-1947 – S. Krishnaswami Aiyangar (Indian)

1880-1972 – Pandurang Vaman Kane (Indian)

1891-1956 – B.R. Ambedkar (Indian)

1892-1975 – K.A. Nilakanta Sastri (Indian)

1893-1963 – Mahapandit Rahul Sankrityayan (Indian), Father of Hindi Travelogue Travel literature

1893-1985 – Vasudev Vishnu Mirashi (Indian)

1896-1953 – V.R. Ramachandra Dikshitar (Indian)

1903-1976 – Dasharatha Sharma (Indian)

1927-present? – Shakti M. Gupta (Indian)

1904-1974 – S. Srikanta Sastri (Indian)

1909-1993 – Jagdish Chandra Jain (Indian)

1909-2001 – Ramchandra Narayan Dandekar (Indian)

1917-1998 – P. N. Pushp (Indian?)

1926-2003 – V. S. Pathak (Indian)

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Irish

There is 1 Irish indologist. He is;

1814-1891 – Robert Caldwell (Irish)

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Pakistani

There is 1 Pakistani indologist. He is;

1920-2009 – Admad Hasan Dani (Pakistani)

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Polish

There is 1 Polish indologist. He is;

1885-1927 – Andrzej Gawronski (Polish)

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Russian

There are 2 Russian indologists. They are;

1866-1942 – Fyodor Shcherbatskoy (Russian)

1929-2007 – Tatyana Elizarenkova (Soviet Russian)

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Scottish

There are 9 Scottish indologists. They are;

1753-1821 – Colin Mackenzie (Scottish)

1773-1836 – James Mill (Scottish)

1798-1868 – Duncan Forbes (Scottish linguist)

1810-1882 – John Muir (Scottish indologist)

1813-1889 – Edward Balfour (Scottish)

1820-1889 – Henry Yule (Scottish)

1842-1918 – Julius Eggeling (Scottish?)

1879-1944 – Arthur Berriedale Keith (Scottish)

1965-present – William Dalrymple (Scottish)

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Swiss

There are 2 Swiss indologists. They are;

1853-1938 – Jacob Wackernagel (Swiss)

1889-1981 – Alice Boner (Swiss)

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References;

(1) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indology

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