08 June 2015

Henry Heras 14.12.1981

Henry Heras (11 September 1888 - 14 December 1955) was a Spanish Jesuit priest, archeologist and historian in India.

In 1981, the Indian postal department issued a stamp in his honor on which he is portrayed alongside a Mohenjo-Daro tablet. The stamp, designed by Indian Security Press, has a portrait of Henry Heras, along-with the facsimile of Indus Valley seals. First day cover, designed by India Security Press, shows the Logo of Heras Institute and Mohenjo-Daro seals.

Henry Heras was born in Barcelona, Spain on 11 September 1888, and did his early studies in that city. He joined the Society of Jesus in 1904, and was ordained priest in 1920. In October 1922 he came to India, and was assigned to St. Xavier’s College, Bombay. Fr. Heras was keen to investigate the treasures of Indian history and culture, and at the same time sharply aware of the need to train historiographers. He got his research students interested in similar themes, composing for them a masterly little treatise on The Writing of History. In 1926 he launched the Indian Historical Institute, which was to produce a galaxy of historians and indologists, and was later to be named after him the ‘Heras Institute of Indian History and Culture’.

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