[INDOLOGY] Esther A. Solomon

Klaus Karttunen klaus.karttunen at helsinki.fi
Mon Sep 25 11:23:39 UTC 2017

Dear Matthew and others,
this is what I have found:

SOLOMON, Esther Abraham (Rajkot, Gujarat 11.5.1927 —  ) (Sanskrit, Religion, Philosophy)
Daughter of Abraham Solomon and Yakhobeth. M.A. Ph.D. Bombay. In 1949-56 Lecturer in Sanskrit, 1956-58 Professor, 1958-64 Professor of Sanskrit and Ancient Indian Culture at B.J. Institute of Learning. In 1964-77 Reader and Head of Sanskrit Dept. at Gujarat University School of Languages in Ahmedabad. From 1977 Professor and Head of Sanskrit Dept. at School of Languages, Gujarat University. Unmarried.
– Avidyā: A problem of truth and reality. 27+572 p. Gujarat Univ., Theses Publ. Ser. 8. Ahmedabad 1969.
– Indian dialectics. 1-2. Ahmedabad 1976-78; The Commentaries of the Sāṁkhya Kārikā: A study. 12+216 p. Ahmedabad 1974; Ganadharavāda. 19??; Hindu Darsana. 19??.
– ed. Sāṁkhya-vrtti (V2). 9+111 p. Ahmedabad 1973; Sāṁkhya-Saptati-Vrtti (V2). 11+173 p. Ahmedabad 1973.
– tr. Siddhāntaśleṣasaṁgraha. L.D. Ser. 114. Ahmedabad 1990.
– articles in Sambodhi.
(India's Who's Who 1979-80, 136)


Klaus Karttunen
South Asian and Indoeuropean Studies
Asian and African Studies, Department of World Cultures
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Klaus.Karttunen at helsinki.fi

> On 25 Sep 2017, at 13:44, Matthew Kapstein via INDOLOGY <indology at list.indology.info> wrote:
> Dear friends,
> As I read through Esther Solomon's dissertation, Avidyā—A Problem of Truth and Reality,
> which was kindly made available to me in pdf by members of this list, I have wanted to learn
> more of Solomon herself, but have not so far found reference to a biography or even a 
> necrology. What I have been able to learn, in essence, is that she was a member of the small
> Ahmedabadi Jewish community, for which she is a source of pride owing to her accomplishments
> as a Sanskrit scholar. But, besides elements of her bibliography, that's about all I've been able
> to come up with. 
> Might any of you know of a source that provides a sketch of her life and career? She certainly merits
> a few paragraphs in the annals of twentieth-century Indology.
> thanks in advance,
> Matthew
> Matthew Kapstein
> Directeur d'études, 
> Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
> Numata Visiting Professor of Buddhist Studies,
> The University of Chicago
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