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Cowley, Sir Arthur Ernest (1861–1931), orientalist and librarian, was born on 13 December 1861 at 3 South Hill, Forest Hill, Sydenham, the fourth son among the seventeen children of Frederick Thomas Cowley (1822–1881), customs house agent, and his wife, Louisa Emily, née Boddy (1830–1912)...

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Maurice, Thomas (1754–1824), oriental scholar and librarian, was born at Hertford on 25 September 1754, and claimed descent from an ancient Welsh family. His father, Thomas, on retiring from West Indian commerce, opened an academy at Clapham, and married an elderly lady with some property. In 1753, shortly after the death of his first wife, ...

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Polier, Antoine Louis Henri (bap. 1741, d. 1795), military engineer and collector of oriental manuscripts, was baptized on 28 February 1741 at Lausanne, Switzerland, the younger son of Jacques Henri Polier (bap. 1700, d. 1781), of a French protestant family which had settled in ...

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Woide, Charles Godfrey (1725–1790), oriental scholar and librarian, was born in Poland on 4 July 1725. He was educated at the universities of Frankfurt an der Oder and Leiden and became a minister of the Socinian church at Lissa, in Poland, near the border of ...