W. Norman Brown

W. Norman Brown

Fellow: Awarded 1928
Field of Study: South Asian Studies

Competition: US & Canada

University of Pennsylvania

As published in the Foundation’s Report for 1928:

(Profile photograph: Taken October of 1926, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Brown, William Norman: Appointed for research in Jainism, especially a study of the legends and history centering around the sage Kãlaka, as preserved in Sanskrit and Prakrit texts, of the texts themselves, and of the art of the paintings illustrating certain manuscripts of those texts; principally in India, preceded by a short period in Europe; tenure, fifteen months from June 1, 1928.

Born June 24, 1892, at Baltimore, Maryland. Education: Hiram College, 1907–08; Johns Hopkins University, A.B., 1912, Ph.D., 1916.

Harrison Fellow for Research, 1916–19, University of Pennsylvania; Johnston Scholar, 1919–22, Acting Head of Sanskrit Department, 1921–22, Johns Hopkins University; studied in Benares, India, 1922–23; Professor of English, 1923–24, Prince of Wales College, Jammu, India; Editor, “Johns Hopkins Half-Century Directory,” 1924–26; Fellow by Courtesy, 1924–25, Associate in Sanskrit, 1925–26, Johns Hopkins University; Professor of Sanskrit, 1926—, University of Pennsylvania. Editor, Journal of the American Oriental Society, 1926—.

Publications: “The Pancatantra in Modern Indian Folklore,” 1919; “Johns Hopkins Half-Century Directory 18761926,” 1926; “The Indian and Christian Miracles of Walking on the Water,” 1928. Articles, reviews, and editorials in the Journal of the American Oriental Society, American Journal of Philology, Studies in Honor of Maurice Bloomfield, Open Court, Scientific Monthly, South Atlantic Quarterly, Asia, Nation, Outlook, Trend, The Sun (Baltimore), Saturday Review, Books (New York Herald-Tribune).


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