Franciscus Bernardus Jacobus Kuiper

Dutch linguist

Franciscus Bernardus Jacobus Kuiper (July 7, 1907 – November 14, 2003) was a distinguished scholar in Indology, and "one of the last great Indologists of the past century. His very innovative work covers virtually all the fields of Indo-Iranian and Indo-Aryan philology, linguistics, mythology and theater, as well as Indo-European, Dravidian, Munda and Pan-Indian linguistics".


  • According to Kuiper (1967, 1997: xxiv, quoted with approval by Witzel 1999a: 388), “between the arrival of the Aryans ( . . . ) and the formation of the oldest hymns of the RV a much longer period must have elapsed than normally thought.”
    • Kuiper as quoted in Elst, K: Linguistic Aspects of the Aryan Non-Invasion Theory, in Bryant, E. F. (2008). The Indo-Aryan controversy: Evidence and inference in Indian history. London: Routledge., also quoted in Witzel, Early Indian history: Linguistic and textual parametres.