Franciscus Bernardus Jacobus Kuiper

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Franciscus Bernardus Jacobus Kuiper (July 7, 1907–November 14, 2003) was a distinguished scholar in Indology, and "one of the last great Indologists of the past century ... His very innovative work covers virtually all the fields of Indo-Iranian and Indo-Aryan philology, linguistics, mythology and theater, as well as Indo-European, Dravidian, Munda and Pan-Indian linguistics[1]".

Kuiper was born in The Hague, in the Netherlands, studied Latin, Greek, Sanskrit, and Indo-European linguistics at Leiden University, and in 1934 completed his doctoral thesis on the nasal presents in Sanskrit and other Indo-European languages. After 5 years as a high school teacher of Latin and Greek at the lyceum of Batavia (Jakarta), Indonesia, in 1939 he was appointed Professor of Sanskrit at Leiden University.

Kuiper was a member of the Royal Academy of Sciences at Amsterdam, and a Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion. He was buried in the Rijnhof cemetery at Leiden.


  • Obituary by Prof. Michael Witzel of Harvard University's Department of Sanskrit Studies in the Indo-Iranian Journal reprinted in the Electronic Journal of Vedic Studies (EJVS 11-1 2004) [2]