Thomas, Frederick William, 1867-1956

Alternative names
Birth 1867-03-21
Death 1956-05-06
English, German

Biographical notes:

1898-1903 Assistant Librarian, India Office; 1903-1927 Librarian, India Office; 1927-1937 Boden Professor of Sanskrit, University of Oxford.

Epithet: orientalist

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001241.0x00033a

Frederick William Thomas (1867-1956) orientalist; educated at King Edward School in Birmingham and Trinity College, Cambridge where he obtained First Class Parts I and II Classical Tripos, 1887-1889 and First Class Indian Languages Tripos, 1890. Thomas was made a Fellow of Trinity College, 1892; assistant librarian at the India Office, 1898 and librarian, 1903-1927; Boden Professor of Sanskrit at Oxford, 1927-1937. He became a Fellow of the British Academy, 1927; was awarded Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire, 1928 and received honorary degrees from Munich, Allahabad and Birmingham. Thomas was a pioneer in Asian philology and an authority on Jainism.

Reference: Deposit information.

From the guide to the The F.W. Thomas Collection, 1891-1936, (University of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department)


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  • India, Asia (as recorded)
  • Tibet, Asia (as recorded)
  • Singapore, Asia (as recorded)
  • China, Asia (as recorded)
  • Nayland, Suffolk (as recorded)
  • India, Asia (as recorded)
  • Dijon, France (as recorded)
  • Nepal, Asia (as recorded)
  • India, Asia (as recorded)
  • Isle of Grain, Kent (as recorded)
  • Todi, Umbria (as recorded)
  • Chinese Turkestan, China (as recorded)
  • Hacheston, Suffolk (as recorded)
  • Dallinghoe, Suffolk (as recorded)
  • Baroda State, India (as recorded)
  • Westbury, Wiltshire (as recorded)
  • Jaipur State, India (as recorded)