K R Norman

K R Norman

Kenneth Roy Norman (born 1925) is a leading scholar of Middle Indo-Aryan or Prakrit, particularly of Pali. He saw military service in India and Malaya and studied classics at Cambridge University, and spent most of his career teaching Prakrit at Cambridge University.

He was a visiting professor at SOAS and Berkeley, and President of the Pali Text Society from 1981 to 1994. He is a Fellow of the British Academy. His translations include the Sutta Nipata, Therigatha and Theragatha. Of great specialist interest is his lecture, A Philological Approach to Buddhism, The Bukkyb Dendo Kybkai Lectures 1994, given at SOAS.