A.C. Woolner

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Alfred Woolner
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Alfred Woolner's statue outside Punjab University in Lahore
Native name Alfred Cooper Woolner
Born May 1878
Died January 7, 1936(1936-01-07) (aged 57)
Academic work
Main interests Sanskrit, Prakrit

Alfred Cooper Woolner (May 1878 - 7 January 1936) was a noted Sanskrit scholar and professor as well as the Vice Chancellor of the University of the Punjab in Lahore.

Punjab University[edit]

Woolner served as honorary librarian of the University from 1902 to 1928.[1] He was made principal and registrar in 1903. From 1928 till 1936 he served as Vice Chancellor.[2]


Punjab University Library's collection of over 8,500 Ancient Sanskrit and Hindi manuscripts is named in his honour.[3] Also the only remaining intact statue (from the British Raj colonial era) in Lahore is that of Dr. Woolner which stands in front of the Pharmacy Department of Punjab University.[4]


Dr. Woolner died in Lahore and is buried in the city's Gora Kabristan on Jail Road.