K. R. Norman
Kenneth Roy Norman
21 July 1925
|Died||2020 (aged 95)|
|Title||Professor Emeritus of Indian Studies, University of Cambridge|
|Institutions||University of Cambridge (1952-1992)|
|Main interests||Pali and other Middle Indo-Aryan languages|
Kenneth Roy Norman FBA (1925-2020) was a British philologist. He was Professor Emeritus of Indian Studies at the University of Cambridge, and was a leading authority on Pali and other Middle Indo-Aryan languages.
Norman was educated at Taunton School in Somerset. After military service in India and Malaya, he was admitted to Downing College, Cambridge, where he studied classics, receiving his M.A. in 1954.
I was trained as a classicist and studied classical philology, in the form which was current in my student days, i.e. the investigation of the relationship between Latin, Greek and Sanskrit in particular, and between other Indo-European languages in general. I went on to study Sanskrit and the dialects associated with Sanskrit--the Prakrits--and was appointed to teach the Prakrits, or Middle Indo-Aryan, as they are sometimes called, lying as they do between Old Indo-Aryan, i.e. Sanskrit, and New Indo-Aryan, i.e. the modern Indo-Aryan languages spoken mainly in North India.
The whole of his academic career was spent at Cambridge. He was appointed Lecturer in Indian Studies in 1955, Reader in 1978, and Professor of Indian Studies in 1990. He retired in 1992.