Friedrich Max-Müller(1823-1900), Orientalist and philologist
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Max-Müller was a Fellow of All Souls, an orientalist and philologist. Born in Germany, his early interest was in music - he knew Mendelssohn and his godfather was Weber - but at Leipzig University he studied Sanskrit (the classical language of ancient India), in which field his work is still known. He came to England in 1846, became a member of Christ Church, Oxford, in 1851 and Professor of Modern Languages in 1854. Defeated in the 1860 election for the Chair of Sanskrit, he later became Oxford's first Professor of Comparative Theology (1868-75).