Johannes Bronkhorst

For the Dutch Golden Age painter, see Johannes van Bronckhorst.

Johannes Bronkhorst (born 17 July 1946, Schiedam) is an Indologist and specialists on early Buddhism. He is emeritus professor at the University of Lausanne. After studying Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (B.Sc. 1968), he moved to India, where he turned to Sanskrit and Pali, first at the University of Rajasthan (Jaipur), then the University of Pune (M.A. 1976, Ph.D. 1979). In Pune he read with traditional Sanskrit scholars specializing in Sanskrit grammar and philosophy. Back in the Netherlands, he did a second doctorate (1980) at the University of Leiden. Having worked for research projects funded by the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, he was appointed, in 1987, to the position of Professor of Sanskrit and Indian studies at the University of Lausanne. He retired in 2011.

Bronkhorst has concentrated on the history of Indian thought and published on a wide range of topics, including indigenous grammar and linguistics, the interaction between Brahmanism, Buddhism and Jainism and their philosophical schools and religious practices. A key output of this work appeared in his monograph Greater Magadha (2007).[1] The book has been reviewed by several scholars including Jason Neelis [2] and Alexander Wynne.[3] Some of Bronkhort's publications address larger questions relating to the theory and study of religion. The website of the University of Lausanne provides access to some of his work.[4]

Bronkhorst became a corresponding member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1996.[5]

Selected publications


  1. Johannes Bronkhorst, Greater Magadha: Studies in the Culture of Early India (Leiden, 2007). For the publication see:
  2. In Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society:
  3. H-Net Reviews:
  4. Unisciences - UNIL - Johannes Bronkhorst
  5. "J. Bronkhorst". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 24 January 2016.

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