Charles Wilkins

(1749—1836) orientalist

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A pioneering British Orientalist and Sanskrit scholar. An employee of the East India Company, he published A Grammar of Sanskrit in 1779, followed, in 1785, by the first complete translation of the Bhagavadgītā into a modern European language, and, in 1787, a translation of the Hitopadeśa (1787). In 1800, he became the first director of the India House Library in London (subsequently the India Office Library). He was knighted in 1833.

Subjects: Hinduism.

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