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Henry Thomas Colebrooke

Death: March 10, 1837 (71)
Immediate Family:

Son of Sir George Colebrooke, 2nd Baronet and Mary Gayner
Husband of Elizabeth Colebrooke
Father of George Vernon Colebrooke; Henry Herbert Colebrooke and Sir Edward Colebrooke, 4th Baronet
Brother of Sir James Edward Colebrooke, 3rd Baronet and Mary Colebrooke

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About Henry Thomas Colebrooke

Wikipedia Biographical Summary

Henry Thomas Colebrooke (June 15, 1765 – March 10, 1837) was an English orientalist.


Henry Thomas Colebrooke, third son of Sir George Colebrooke, 2nd Baronet, was born in London. He was educated at home; and when only fifteen (15) he had made considerable attainments in classics and mathematics. From the age of twelve to sixteen he resided in France.

In 1782 Colebrooke was appointed to a writership in India. About a year after his arrival there he was placed in the board of accounts in Calcutta; and three years later he was removed to a situation in the revenue department at Tirhut. In 1789 he was removed to Purneah, where he investigated the resources of that part of the country, and published his Remarks on the Husbandry and Commerce of Bengal, privately printed in 1795, in which he advocated free trade between Great Britain and India.

He was sent to Nagpur in 1799 on a special mission, and on his return was made a judge of the new court of appeal, over which he afterwards presided. In 1805, Lord Wellesley appointed him professor of Hindu law and Sanskrit at the college of Fort William. He became a member of council in 1807 and returned to England seven years later.

He was a director of the Royal Asiatic Society, and many of the papers in the society's Transactions were communicated by him. In 1822 he was elected the second president of the Royal Astronomical Society.

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'Henry Thomas Colebrooke', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 20 November 2013, 17:01 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Henry_Thomas_Colebrooke&oldid=582546480> [accessed 19 January 2014]

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Henry Thomas Colebrooke's Timeline

June 15, 1765
June 3, 1811
May 27, 1812
August 19, 1813
Calcutta, India
March 10, 1837
Age 71
March 10, 1837
Age 71