Laurence Austine Waddell was awarded an honorary degree of LLD in , the reason for his award being his work as Surgeon-Major in the Indian Medical. ‘At Variance With Both General and Expert Opinion’: The Later Works of Lieutenant-Colonel Professor Laurence Austine Waddell. Bulletin of the History of. Laurence Austine Waddell. Surgeon, Collector in Tibet, Explorer. Waddell originally trained as a surgeon and chemist at Glasgow University. He joined the .

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Most widely held works about L. In the s, Waddell’s theory that the Indus-Valley seals were Sumerian had some academic support, despite criticisms; Ralph Turner considered Waddell’s work to be “fantasy”. laurencee

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The tribes of the Brahmaputra Valley: It’s fair to say that had he laid down his pen in about his reputation would still be undiminished, but it was his encounter with Teach Yourself Sumerianand his subsequent conviction that the Sumerians were the fons et origo of European and Near Eastern civilisation that lost him the sympathy of the pundits. From here the kings established the Sumerian civilization. This illustrated narrative of my journeyings I hope may reflect, in some measure, the keen enjoyment of travel in these regions, may awaken further interest in a fascinating though little known land, may assist in guiding the traveler to those features that are of greatest general interest, and bring home to the reader a whiff of the bracing breezes of the Himalayas.

But official sanction, openly expressed and exemplified, by military leaders from what was then the world’s richest and most technologically advanced nation, strikes a very different note. He is routinely abused for being a colonialist, a fascist, and a crypto-Christian son of the Manse, dangerously ad hominem attitudes to take, as they could be seen to betray an insecurity or touchiness on the part of the critics themselves. And presumably the contents of the innumerable other cratefuls were distributed amongst various private collections and public museums in England.

Aryan Civilization of the Near East.

Laurence Austine Waddell

Fortunately the ‘Nordic race-mongers’ have become discredited that there is little to fear from the effect of this opus on the intelligent lay public. His mother was spoken of in the Puranas as Acchura Seniwife of Sargon. The Buddhism of Tibet: A Waddell Book 4 editions published between and in English and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide. Unfortunately, none of the photographs from the original have been reproduced in this electronic facsimile, but they are of course available in the hard-copy published facsimile editions, and in anothersomewhat imperfectly reproduced, electronic facsimile version, or in a pdf version.


Fortunately, at long last, a biography of LAW has appeared, but though well received has retained a low profile. Waddell was praised for his acquisition of the latter. He subsequently corresponded with Government of India and arranged for the exploration of the area.

There was no-one else to carry forward their family line, let alone name — neither LAW’s daughter nor his nieces appear to have married.

Waddell, L. A. (Laurence Austine) 1854-1938

Operative Surgery, prize Source: Dedication to L A Waddell. Waddell’s entry in the Dictionary of National Biography ends with a brief list of his later books, discussed here, and notes that ‘These works, containing much painstaking research and impressive to many, did not win the approval of experts.

Waddell collected bird specimens and it was austjne the basis of one of them that Henry Dresser named the species Babax waddelli the giant babax in Having graduated in medicine from Glasgow with the highest honours and worked as a surgeon for two years, Waddell joined the Indian Medical Service inserving as Assistant Sanitary Commissioner, and later, as Medical Officer for the district of Darjeeling, before taking up a post as Professor at Calcutta Medical College Thomas wadddell He hadn’t been a member of the Younghusband Mission himself, but his collection includes an album of photographs taken during that episode by John Claude White who was himself strongly opposed to what happened under Younghusband’s command and Waddell’s enthusiastic support of it.

Please note that in the above records he is mainly referred to as Lawrence, but sometimes also as Laurence. A Waddell Book 65 editions published sustine and in English and Undetermined and held by WorldCat laurebce libraries worldwide. Waddell then turned his attentions to Sumeria and the Near East.


Whether they were once there but aren’t any longer, he didn’t explain. Note that there is now a nice new profile of him on the University website:. Of course nothing has a shorter shelf-life than anthropology, except perhaps particle physics and cosmology, and so I think we should continue luarence admire him for the creative vigour of his ideas.

Waddell was born with the name “Laurence Augustine Waddell” and at some unknown later time began using “Austine” as his middle name. Preston however in a section of her biography of Waddell entitled “Opposition to Indo-Sumerian Seals Deciphered” points out that support for Waddell’s theory had disappeared by the early s through the work of ,aurence Wheeler:. There were hitherto only three known photographs of waddekl — two portraits one of which I am currently waddel, to acquire from the National Portrait Gallery and one very smudgy enlargement from a picture of British Army officers in Tibet during Looting along with rape and pillage is what armies from every corner of the globe have done from time immemorial — often euphemised as ‘living off the country’, and mostly tolerated by those in charge as pay and rations might well be running low.

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The Indo-Sumerian Seals Deciphered. It was also Waddell who was appointed to conduct the exploration to recover the inscriptions, etc. Waddellwas an English antiquarian, scholar and explorer.

In this short book he claimed to have overturned existing Egyptian king lists and chronologies by identifying Menes, founder of the First Dynasty, with the Sumerian Manistushu, son of Sargon the Great. I rather expect that he saw it waddell being their problem rather than his. A Biography of L. He was of course well aware of opposition to his ideas by other big beasts of the austind jungle, and was quite comfortable with that, according to a recent review.