Bopp, Franz, Sanscrit scholar and philologist, was born in 1791 at Mainz, on the Rhine. He was educated at Aschaffenburg, Bavaria, where his attention was drawn to the oriental languages by the lectures of Carl J. Windischmann. Removing to Paris, he there produced in 1816 his System of Conjugation in Sanskrit, showing the common origin of the Indo-European languages in their grammatical forms. A pension from the King of Bavaria enabled him to come to London, where he made the acquaintance, amongst others, of Colebrooke, and Wilhelm von Humboldt, and where he wrote Analytical Comparison of the Sanskrit, Greek, Latin, and Teutonic Languages. Returning in 1821 to Germany, he was appointed professor of Sanscrit and comparative grammar at Berlin, an appointment which he held till his death in 1867. His chief work, published in 1833-52, was Comparative Grammar of Sanskrit, Zend, Greek, Latin, Lithuanian, Old Sclav, Gothic, and. German. He also wrote numerous treatises on ancient European and Asiatic dialects.