George Thibaut

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George Frederick William Thibaut (March 20, 1848 – 1914) was an Indologist notable for his contributions to the understanding of ancient Indian mathematics and astronomy.

Notable works[edit]

Thibaut was born in Germany, worked briefly in England, and then in 1875 was appointed Professor at the Government Sanskrit College , Varanasi.[1] Between 1875 and 1878 he published a detailed essay on the Śulba sūtras, together with a translation of the Baudhāyana Śulba sūtra; he later translated the Pañca Siddhāntikā which he co-edited with Pandit Sudhakar Dwivedi (the latter added a Sanskrit commentary). He also edited and translated the following volumes in Max Müller's Sacred Books of the East:

  • Vol. 34, The Vedanta-Sutras, vol. 1 of 3, with the commentary of Sankaracharya, part 1 of 2. Adhyâya I–II (Pâda I–II). (1890)
  • Vol. 38, The Vedanta-Sutras, vol. 2 of 3, with the commentary of Sankaracharya, part 1 of 2. Adhyâya II (Pâda III–IV)–IV. (1896)

It was one of the earliest translation of the Brahma Sutras along with the work of Paul Deussen.[2]

  • Vol. 48, The Vedanta-Sutras, vol. 3 of 3, with the commentary of Râmânuja. (1904)

Thibaut contributed a number of Sanskrit manuscripts to the Department of Oriental Collections, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, where they are archived today.


  1. ^ "THIBAUT, George Frederick William". Who's Who, 59: p. 1734. 1907. 
  2. ^ Nakamura, Hajime. A History of Early Vedānta Philosophy: part two. Motilal Banarsidass. p. 776. 

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