PROF.DR.LUDWIG ALSDORF (1904-1978) was probably the most versatile among Western Indologists of the 20th century.His Many-sided Vedic and Classical Sanskrit tests aswell as Buddhist Pali literature and jaina Alpabhram`sa in which he had specialised. His command of indian language from the dialects of the Asoka inscriptions to modern vernaculars like Hindi and Urdu which he combined with a living knowledge of the historical, religious, artistic and literary developments on the subcontinent, gave him a rare universality.
Prof. Dr. Klaus Bruhn was born in Hambur. W. Schubringd pursued Indian Studies at the university of his hometown with Prof. W. Schubring and Prof. L. Alsdorf. since 1966 he is Professor of Indology at the Institute for Indian Philology and History of Indian Art of the Free University of Berlin (West). Among his publications are Silanka`s Cauppannamahapurisacariya (1954) and The Jina Images of Deogarh (1969).Magdalene Duckwitz was born in Bremen and studied Indology under Prof. J. Nobel (Marburg) and Prof. L. Alsdorf.