Franz Kielhorn

Lorenz Franz Kielhorn (1840, Osnabrück - 1908, Göttingen) was a German Indologist.

Kielhorn worked in Oxford in the period 1862-65 with Friedrich Max Müller (1823-1900) in order to publish the first edition of Rigveda. From 1866 to 1881 he was a professor of Sanskrit at Deccan College in Pune, and after 1882 in Göttingen.

Kielhorn's results from the handling of rich material that he himself partially collected and partially got sent, is mainly explained in Indian antiquary and Epigraphia indica. After the death of Georg Bühler (1837-1898), he edited the Grundriss der indoarischen Philologie. Together with Bühler, Kielhorn had initiated the series Bombay Sanskrit series

He received the honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D) from the University of Glasgow in June 1901.[1]


  • Çāntanava’s Phitsūtra (with translation in Abhandlungen für die Kunde des Morgenlandes, IV, 1866)
  • Nāgojibhatta’s Paribhāşenduçekhara (translated in Bombay Sanskrit series 1868)
  • Sanskrit grammar (1870, translated into German by W. Solf)
  • Kātyāyana and Patanjali (1876)
  • The Vyākarana-mahābhāşya of Patanjali (3 volumes in Bombay Sanskrit series, 1880–85)
  • Report on the search of Sanskrit manuscripts (1881)


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