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.