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Davids, Thomas William Rhys

Born: 1843 AD
Died: 1922 AD, at 79 years of age.

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 PÔli 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.





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