OBITUARY Miss I. B. Horner The death of Miss I. B. Horner on April 25th 1981 at the age of 85 leaves the study of Pali Buddhism the poorer for one of its most eminent and energetic scholars. Secretary of the Pali Text Society for the seventeen years between 1942 and 1959, she thereafter for several years virtually ran the Society single handed, discharging concurrently the duties of President, Secretary and Treasurer. She remained President until the time of her death. Miss Horner belonged to the generation of oriental scholars who were perforce pioneers. There were no available teachers and few grammars and dictionaries, let alone the 'programmed courses' and mechanical teaching aids considered so indispensible today, and which only too often yield scant and dubious results. Many of these early scholars overcame the daunting initial obstacles to their work, and went on to make an immense, not to say monumental contribution to our knowledge of their particular field. Miss Horner was no exception. While acting, with notable enterprise and success, as librarian for Newnham College, Cambridge from 1923 until 1936, she found herself in possession of the Pali library of the late Lord Chalmers, Master of Peterhouse,
Numen – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1981
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