John Brockington graduated from Corpus Christi College, Oxford, in 1963 and joined the Sanskrit Department (as it then was) at Edinburgh in 1965, completing his D.Phil in 1968 with a thesis on the language and style of the Ramayana.
He remained at Edinburgh throughout his teaching career and is now emeritus Professor of Sanskrit in the School of Asian Studies (of which he was the first Head) and an Honorary Fellow in the Centre for South Asian Studies.
He has written several books and around 75 articles on his special area of research, the Sanskrit epics, as well as on other topics. He is the Secretary General of the International Association of Sanskrit Studies and was the chair of the organising committee of the 13th World Sanskrit Conference, held at Edinburgh in July 2006.
This article was published on Jul 12, 2011