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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.