J.H.C. Kern (1833-1917)

Subject Fields

Malay, Sanskrit, Greek, Buddism


Java, Indonesia (of Dutch parents)

Famous for

His chief work Geschiedenis van het Buddhisme in Indie (Haarlem, 2 vols., 1881-1883); the English translation of the Saddharma PundarIka (Oxford, 1884) and a Manual of Indian Buddhism (Strassburg, 1896). He was also known for his translation of Çakuntalâ , an old Indian drama of van Kâlidâsa and being a pupil of the Sanskrit scholar, Albrecht Weber, in Berlin.

Researcher in Leiden


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Last Modified: 16-10-2008