Biography of Ronald E. Asher

This article contains a concise biographical timeline for Ronald E. Asher (1926-present). He is a British educator and linguist who specialized in Dravidian languages.

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1926 – He born in Gringley-on-the-Hill, Nottinghamshire, England.

1950 – He completes Bachelor of Arts at the University College London.

1951 – He gets certified in the phonetics of French.

1955 – He does doctoral research on 16th-century French literature and gets his PhD.

1956-1960 – He conducts linguistic theoretical research at the School’s Department of India, Pakistan, and Ceylon.

1961-1962 – He is a visiting professor of Tamil at the University of Chicago.

1964 – He is selected as a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, London.

1965 – He joins the Department of General Linguistics at The University of Edinburgh.

1967 – He is a visiting professor of linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

1968 – He is a visiting professor of Malayalam and Tamil at the Michigan State University.

1969 – He is a visiting professor of linguistics at the University of Minnesota.

1970 – He is professor of Collège de France, Paris.

1971 – He publishes A Tamil Prose Reader with R. Radhakrishnan.

1973 – He publishes Some Landmark in the History of Tamil Prose.

1977 – He becomes Professor of Linguistics.

1983 – He is awarded the Gold Medal by the Kerala Sahitya Akademi for “distinguished services” in Malayalam.

1983-1990 – He serves as the President of International Association for Tamil Research.

1986-1989 – He is Dean of the Faculty of Arts.

1990- 1993 – He is Vice-Principal.

1991 – He is elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

1992 – He publishes Colloquial Tamil: The Complete Course for Beginners.

1993 – He publishes National Myths in Renaissance France: Francus, Samothes and the Druids. He also retires.

1994-1995 – He is visiting professor of linguistic and International communication at the International Christian University, Tokyo.

1995-1996 – He is visiting professor of 20th-century Malayalam Literature at the Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala.

1997 – He publishes Studies on Malayalam Language and Literature.

1998 – He publishes Malayalam.

2004 – He publishes Wind Flowers: Contemporary Malayalam Short Fiction.

2007 – He is elected as an Honorary fellow oft he Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters.

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