Papers of Edward James Rapson

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Papers and photographs bequeathed to the College together with several important books from his extensive library.

Administrative / Biographical History

Edward James Rapson was one of the leading Sanskrit scholars of his generation. He was awarded first-class honours in the Classical Studies Tripos, 1883 and in the Indian Languages Tripos, 1885. A Fellow of St John's College from 1887 to 1893, he served subsequently as Assistant Keeper of Coins and Medals at the British Museum and as Professor of Sanskrit at University College, London, before returning to Cambridge as Professor of Sanskrit in 1906 and taking up a professorial Fellowship at St John's. As Professor he deciphered and edited documents discovered in Chinese Turkestan by Aurel Stein and edited the first two volumes of the Cambridge History of India.

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Edward James Rapson was one of the leading Sanskrit scholars of his generation. He was awarded first-class honours in the Classical Studies Tripos, 1883 and in the Indian Languages Tripos, 1885. A Fellow of St John's College from 1887 to 1893, he served subsequently as Assistant Keeper of Coins and Medals at the British Museum and as Professor of Sanskrit at University College, London, before returning to Cambridge as Professor of Sanskrit in 1906 and taking up a professorial Fellowship at St John's. As Professor he deciphered and edited documents discovered in Chinese Turkestan by Aurel Stein and edited the first two volumes of the Cambridge History of India.

Preferred citation: St John's College Library, Papers of Edward James Rapson

Archivist's Note

23 Nov 2012

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