Colebrooke, Thomas a famous Sanscrit scholar, was born in London, England, in 1765. In 1782 he went to India, where he devoted himself to the study of Sanscrit. After an absence of thirty years he returned to London, and died there in 1837.
He was one of the first scholars who made Europe acquainted with the religion, legislation, history, and science of the Hinduts. His essays, published in the Transactions of the Asiatic Society at Calcutta and London, were reprinted in 1837, under the title, of Miscellaneous Essays. His paper on the philosophy of the Hindius was translated into French by Pauthier. See Lichtenberger, Encyclop. des Sciences Religieuses, s.v. (B.P.)