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Davids, Thomas William Rhys

Born: 1843 AD
Died: 1922 AD
Nationality: English
Categories: Scholars

English orientalist

 

1843 – Born in Colchester, on the 12th of May the eldest son of Welsh Congregational minister.

 

Studied Sanskrit at Breslau, Germany, where he earned money by teaching English.

 

1863 – Returned to England and passing his civil service exams.

 

1870-1872 – He wrote a series of articles for the Ceylon branch of the Royal Asiatic Society Journal.

 

1871 – Posted as Assistant Government Agent of Nuwarakalaviya.

 

Davids became involved with the excavation of ancient Ceylonese city Anuradhapura.

 

1882-1904 – Served as Professor of Pali in the University of London.

 

1894 – He married Caroline Augusta Foley, a noted Pâli scholar.

 

1905 – He took up the Chair of Comparative Religion in the University of Manchester.

 

1922 – Thomas William Rhys Davids died on 27th of December.