William Jones (philologist)

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Sir William Jones FRS FRAS FRSE (28 September 1746 – 27 April 1794) was a British philologist, orientalist and a puisne judge on the Supreme Court of Judicature at Fort William in Bengal, and a scholar of ancient India. He is particularly known for his proposition of the existence of a relationship among European and Indo-Aryan languages, which later came to be known as the Indo-European languages.

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William Jones
A steel engraving of Sir William Jones, after a painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds
Puisne judge of the Supreme Court of Judicature at Fort William in Bengal
In office
22 October 1783[1]  27 April 1794[2]
Personal details
Born(1746-09-28)28 September 1746
Westminster, London, England
Died27 April 1794(1794-04-27) (aged 47)
Calcutta, Bengal Presidency
Resting placeSouth Park Street Cemetery, Kolkata, India
Anna Maria Shipley
(m. 1783)

Jones is also credited for establishing the Asiatic Society of Bengal in 1784.