1941 – Professor F.W. Thomas

Scope and Content

There is no archival material in this series. Please see Related Material for details concerning the conferment of the Medal.

Administrative / Biographical History

Frederick William Thomas was born in Staffordshire in 1867. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1885, graduating with a first class degree in both classics and Indian languages and being awarded a Browne medal in both 1888 and 1889. Thomas was a librarian at the India Office Library (now subsumed into the British Library) between 1898 and 1927. Simultaneously he was lecturer in comparative philology at University College, London, from 1908 to 1935, Reader in Tibetan at London University from 1909 to 1937, and the Boden Professor of Sanskrit at Oxford University between 1927 and 1937, in which capacity he became a fellow of Balliol College. He studied and catalogued many Tibetan texts. Thomas died on 6 May 1956.

Related Material

In the Council Minutes for 13 February 1941, the Gold Medal Committee was appointed and in the Minutes for 13 March 1941, it was agreed that the Committee's suggestion of F.W. Thomas should be accepted. This was also recorded in the Report of the Anniversary General Meeting in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1941, p.294.