George Abraham Grierson (7 January 1851, Glenageary, County Dublin, Ireland - 9 March 1941, Camberley, Surrey, England, United Kingdom) was born to a prominent Dublin family in 1851. Events 1325 - Alfonso IV becomes King of Portugal. 1558 - France takes Calais, the last continental 1851 ( MDCCCLI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a Common year Glenageary ( is an area in the suburbs of south County Dublin, Ireland, part of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County. County Dublin (Contae Bhaile Átha Cliath or more correctly today the Dublin Region ( Réigiúin Átha Cliath) is the area that contains the city of Dublin Ireland (pronounced /ˈaɾlənd/ Éire) is the third largest island in Europe, and the twentieth-largest island in the world Events 590 - Bahram Chobin is crowned as king Barham VI of Persia. Year 1941 ( MCMXLI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (the link will display 1941 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Camberley is a town in Surrey, England, situated 31 miles (50 km south west of Central London Surrey is a county in the South East of England and is one of the Home Counties. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located His father and grandfather, both also named George Grierson, were well-known printers and publishers.
Educated at St. Bees School, Cumberland and Trinity College, Dublin, he joined the Indian Civil Service in 1871 and reached the Bengal Presidency in 1873. St Bees School is a co-educational public school in the West Cumbrian village of St Bees. Cumberland is one of the 39 Historic counties of England. It formed an administrative county from 1889 to 1974 (excluding Carlisle from 1915 and now forms part of Trinity College Dublin ( TCD; Irish Coláiste na Tríonóide Baile Átha Cliath; Latin: Collegium Sacrosanctae et Individuae Trinitatis Reginae The Indian Civil Service, popularly known by its acronym ICS, originated as the elite Civil service of the Indian Government under British colonial Etymology and ethnology The exact origin of the word Bangla or Bengal is unknown though it is believed to be derived from the Dravidian-speaking tribe Bang He would eventually become Magistrate and Collector at Patna and, later, Opium Agent for Bihar. Paṭnā ( Hindi: पटना is the capital of the Indian state of Bihar, and one of the oldest continuously inhabited Bihar ( Hindi:बिहार Urdu: بہار bɪhaːr) is a state in eastern India. In 1898 he was appointed Superintendent of the newly formed Linguistic Survey of India and moved to England “for convenience of consulting European libraries and scholars” (Thomas and Turner n. The Linguistic Survey of India, often referred to as the LSI, is a comprehensive survey of the Languages of British India, describing 364 languages and d. , 3).
Grierson published scholarly works throughout his career: on the dialects and peasant life of Bihar, on Hindi literature, on bhakti, and on linguistics. Hindi ( Devanāgarī: hi [[wiktहिन्दी हिन्दी]] or hi [[wiktहिंदी हिंदी]] IAST:, IPA:) is Bhakti ( Devanāgarī: भक्ति) is a word of Sanskrit origin meaning devotion. Linguistics is the scientific study of Language, encompassing a number of sub-fields
His contemporaries noted his lack of sympathy for Advaita Vedanta, which he regarded as “pandit religion” but noted his “warm appreciation of the monotheistic devotion of the country folk” (Thomas and Turner n. Advaita Vedanta ( IAST Advaita Vedānta; Sanskrit अद्वैत वेदान्त əd̪vait̪ə veːd̪ɑːnt̪ə is a sub-school of the d. , 11) Grierson had thought that bhakti stemmed from contact with Christian communities but later admitted that Indian bhakti was older than Christianity, without ruling out later Christian influence. Christianity ( Greek Χριστιανισμός from the word Xριστός ( Christ)is a monotheistic Religion centered on the life and teachings
Most of Grierson's later work deals with linguistics. In a celebratory account of his life, F. W. Thomas and R. L. Turner refer to the extensive publications of the Linguistic Survey of India as “a great Imperial museum, representing and systematically classifying the linguistic botany of India” (n. d. , 18)
Thomas, F. W. , and R. L. Turner. 1941. George Abraham Grierson 1851-1941. London: Humphrey Milford Amen House, E. C.