Cowell, Edward B. (Edward Byles), 1826-1903

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Edward Byles Cowell (1826-1903), scholar and man of letters, was born in Ipswich on 23 January 1826. He studied Sanskrit, Persian and Arabic, before training in his father's business as a merchant and maltster from 1842. He entered Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1850 (B.A., 1854), and catalogued manuscripts for the Bodleian Library. Cowell was Professor of English History at Presidency College, Calcutta, 1856-1864, and became Principal of the Sanskrit College in Calcutta in 1858. He returned to England in 1864, and became the first Professor of Sanskrit at Cambridge University, 1867-1903. He founded the Cambridge Philological Society in 1868, and became a Fellow of Corpus Christi College in 1874. Cowell died in Cambridge on 9 February 1903.

From the guide to the Edward Byles Cowell: Papers, 1854-1890, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)

Edward Byles Cowell (1826-1903), scholar and man of letters, was born at Ipswich on 23 January 1826. He studied Sanskrit, Persian and Arabic, before training in his father's business as a merchant and maltster from 1842. He entered Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1850 (B.A., 1854), and catalogued manuscripts for the Bodleian Library. Cowell was Professor of English History at Presidency College, Calcutta, 1856-1864, and became Principal of the Sanskrit College in Calcutta in 1858. He returned to England in 1864, and became the first Professor of Sanskrit at Cambridge University, 1867-1903. He founded the Cambridge Philological Society in 1868, and became a fellow of Corpus Christi College in 1874. Cowell died at Cambridge on 9 February 1903.

From the guide to the Edward Byles Cowell: Papers, 1810-1903, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)

From the guide to the Edward Byles Cowell: Brennus Stories, 1847, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)

Edward Byles Cowell (1826-1903), scholar and man of letters, was born at Ipswich on 23 January 1826. He studied Sanskrit, Persian and Arabic, before training in his father's business as a merchant and maltster from 1842. He entered Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1850 (B.A., 1854), and catalogued manuscripts for the Bodleian Library. Cowell was Professor of English History at Presidency College, Calcutta, 1856-1864, and became Principal of the Sanskrit College in Calcutta in 1858. He returned to England in 1864, and became the first Professor of Sanskrit at Cambridge University, 1867-1903. He founded the Cambridge Philological Society in 1868, and became a Fellow of Corpus Christi College in 1874. Cowell died at Cambridge on 9 February 1903.

From the guide to the List of the Pote Collection at Eton, 19th century, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)

From the guide to the Edward Byles Cowell: Correspondence and Papers, 1835-1902, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)

1854-1856 cataloguer of Persian and other oriental manuscripts for the Bodelian Library; 1856 professor of English history at Presidency College, Calcutta; 1857 secretary of the Vernacular Literature Society; 1858 principal of the Sanskrit College, joint philological secretary of the Asiatic Society of Bengal; 1865 examiner in oriental subjects of the civil service commission; 1867 professor of Sanskrit at the University of Cambridge; 1874 fellow of Corpus Christi College; 1898 gold medal of the Royal Asiatic Society; 1902 member of the British Academy.

Epithet: orientalist

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creatorOf Edward Byles Cowell: Papers, 1810-1903 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
creatorOf List of the Pote Collection at Eton, 19th century Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
referencedIn Whitney, William Dwight, 1827-1894. William Dwight Whitney family papers, 1778-1951 (inclusive), 1814-1912 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Edward Byles Cowell: Papers, 1854-1890 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
referencedIn Edward Byles Cowell: Papers, 1810-1903 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
referencedIn FURTHER LETTERS TO WILLIAM CHARLES MARK KENT (Charles Kent) on the subject of his polyglot Corona Catholica (cf. Add. MSS. 35229, 36355), mainly from scholars who contributed translations; 1878-1880. Arranged in alphabetical order of writers, whose n..., 1878-1880 British Library
referencedIn Calcutta Vernacular Literature Society: Minutes, 1851-1860 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
referencedIn Letters received by Horace Hayman Wilson, orientalist, 1812-1860 British Library
creatorOf Cowell, Edward B. (Edward Byles), 1826-1903. An Introduction to Prakrit grammar [typescript], n.d. / E. B. Cowell. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Llynwarch Owain Reynolds: Poems of Gwalchmai, 1882 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
referencedIn Edward Fitzgerald: Bird-Parliament and Letters, 1857-1870 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
creatorOf Edward Byles Cowell: Brennus Stories, 1847 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
referencedIn Edward Byles Cowell: Correspondence and Papers, 1835-1902 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
referencedIn Bernard Barton: Letters and Related Papers, 1834-1848 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
referencedIn Edward Byles Cowell: Brennus Stories, 1847 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
creatorOf Edward Byles Cowell: Papers, 1854-1890 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
referencedIn William Dwight Whitney family papers, 1778-1951, 1814-1912 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
referencedIn George Crabbe Collection, 1883 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn Charles Eliot Norton papers, ca.1845-1908. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Whitney, William Dwight, 1827-1894. William Dwight Whitney family papers, 1778-1951 (inclusive), 1814-1912 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Alfred Terhune Collection relating to Edward FitzGerald, 1841-1978 Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries
referencedIn FitzGerald, Edward, 1809-1883. Stanzas of the Rubaiyat and ALS fragment, [1868]. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Edward Byles Cowell: Correspondence and Papers, 1835-1902 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
referencedIn List of the Pote Collection at Eton, 19th century Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
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Death 1903-02-09

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