Brian Houghton Hodgson (1801-1894) was a British diplomat who worked in Nepal between 1820 and 1844. Hodgson was a naturalist and ethnologist and he also played an important role in the process by which Europeans came to understand the Indian background of the Buddhist faith. Hodgson made a large collection of Buddhist Sanskrit manuscripts, and in 1835-36 he donated 79 of them to the Royal Asiatic Society. Hodgson’s collection includes several manuscripts on palm leaf.
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