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Renowned Chinese scholar Ji Xianlin dies in Beijing

2009-07-11 07:05:19 GMT2009-07-11 15:05:19 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

File photo taken on Oct. 10, 1997 shows renowned Chinese scholar Ji Xianlin with his pet cat in China. Renowned Chinese scholar Ji Xianlin died of illness at the age of 98 in Beijing on July 11, 2009, said a report from the People's Daily online. Ji, a native of east China's Shandong Province, was born on Aug. 6, 1911. He was a well-known linguist, translator and researcher on Indian literature and history. (Xinhua/Tang Shizeng)

File photo taken on March 4, 1996 shows that renowned Chinese scholar Ji Xianlin reads a book at home in China. Renowned Chinese scholar Ji Xianlin died of illness at the age of 98 in Beijing on July 11, 2009, said a report from the People's Daily online. Ji, a native of east China's Shandong Province, was born on Aug. 6, 1911. He was a well-known linguist, translator and researcher on Indian literature and history. (Xinhua)

BEIJING, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Renowned Chinese scholar Ji Xianlin died of illness at the age of 98 in Beijing Saturday.

A special group has been set up at Peking University, where Ji worked, for making funeral arrangements, according to a document posted on the university's website.

Ji, a native of east China's Shandong Province, was born on Aug. 6, 1911. Ji was best remembered for his achievements in research on ancient Indian aboriginal languages, primeval Buddhist languages and Sanskritic literature. He also translated works from ancient Indian and primeval Buddhist languages.

Ji was well-versed in 12 foreign languages. He served as a professor with the oriental studies department of Peking University from 1946 to 1983. He also served as deputy president of the university between 1978 and 1984.

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