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Sir Arthur Ernest Cowley

(1861—1931) orientalist and librarian


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(1861–1931) Bodley's librarian 1919–31. Cowley joined the Bodleian staff in 1896, specializing in Sanskrit, Aramaic, and Hebrew MSS, achieving recognition as a leading Semitic scholar. As librarian, he reformed cataloguing procedures and brought several outlying libraries under unified Bodleian control. He saw a solution for serious overcrowding problems in building an extension nearby, but died before it could be started.

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