Asko Parpola


Curriculum Vitae

Asko Parpola

Education and degrees awarded

1968 Doctor of Philosophy, Univ of Helsinki

1966 Licentiate of Philosophy, Univ of Helsinki

1963 Master of Arts, Univ of Helsinki

1962 Bachelor of Arts, Univ of Helsinki

1959 Matriculated from high school, Helsinki Normal Lyceum

Professional appointments

1982-2004  Professor of Indology, Univ of Helsinki

1977 Acting Professor of Comparative Religion, Univ of Helsinki

1974-1981  Senior Research Fellow, Academy of Finland, Helsinki

1972-1974 Junior Research Fellow, Academy of Finland, Helsinki

Academic activities abroad

2007 Hermann Collitz Professor, Linguistic Society of America's Linguistic Institute, Stanford Univ

2006 Visiting Research Scholar, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, Kyoto

1999 Visiting Research Scholar, Institute for Research in Humanities, Univ of Kyoto

1987 Fellow Commoner of Churchill College, Univ of Cambridge

1973 Acting Professor of Sanskrit, Univ of Gothenburg

1968-1972 Research Fellow at the Scandinavian (now Nordic) Institute of Asian Studies, Copenhagen

Academic memberships

2000  Elected member, Academia Europaea, London 

1990  Elected member, Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters Helsinki 

1970 Founding Member, European Association of South Asian Archaeology

Member, The Finnish Literature Society

Member, The Finno-Ugrian Society

Member, The Finnish Oriental Society

Administrative positions

1994-1998 President, and 1981-1993 Vice President, The Finnish Oriental Society, Helsinki

1994-1998 Director, Institute for Asian and African Studies, Univ of Helsinki 

1991-1993 President, and 1970-2005 Board Member, The European Association of South Asian Archaeology

1981-2009 Member of the Consultative Committee, The International Association of Sanskrit Studies


Membership of editorial committees of international journals

Studia Orientalia, Helsinki

Acta Orientalia, Oslo

Electronic Journal of Vedic Studies, Cambridge, Mass.

Scripta, Seoul

Travels and field experience in Asia

Visits to South Asia some 25 times since 1971

Visits to archaeological sites and excavations in India, Pakistan, Iran, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Russia,

Organization of scholarly meetings

2003 World Sanskrit Conference (more than 200 papers read by participants from 30 countries, publication in 15 volumes).

1999 (with Christian Carpelan and Petteri Koskikallio) Early contacts between Uralic and Indo-European (papers by 11 linguists and 11 archaeologists published in 2001)

1998 (with Sirpa Tenhunen) Changing patterns of family and kinship in South Asia, Helsinki (published in 1998)

1993 The 12th International Conference of South Asian Archaeology (70 papers published in 1994)

1981 (with Bent Smidt Hansen) South Asian Religion and Society, Helsinki (published in 1985)

1980 Nordic South Asia Conference (25 papers published in 1981)        


K. Karttunen & P. Koskikallio (eds.), Vidyarnavavandanam, Essays in Honour of Asko Parpola, (Studia Orientalia, 94), Helsinki 2001.

Highlighted publications

  1. The Roots of Hinduism: The Early Aryans and the Indus Civilization

    Parpola, A., 12 Aug 2015, New York: Oxford University Press. 379 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

  2. Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions: Volume 3: New material, untraced objects, and collections outside India and Pakistan, Part 1: Mohenjo-daro and Harappa

    Parpola, A. (ed.), Pande, B. M. (ed.) & Koskikallio, P. (ed.), 2010, Suomalainen Tiedeakatemia. 504 p. (Annales Academiae Scientiarum Fennicae, Humaniora; no. 359)

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

  3. Beginnings of Indian astronomy, with reference to a parallel development in China

    Parpola, A., Dec 2013, In : History of Science in South Asia. 1, p. 21-78 58 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  4. Formation of the Indo-European and Uralic language families in the light of archaeology: Revised and integrated 'total' correlations

    Parpola, A., 2013, Linguistic map of prehistoric north Europe. Grünthal, R. & Kallio, P. (eds.). Helsinki: Suomalais-Ugrilainen Seura, p. 119-184 66 p. (Mémoires de la Société Finno-Ougrienne; vol. 266).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

  5. Proto-Indo-European speakers of the Late Tripolye culture as the inventors of wheeled vehicles: Linguistic and archaeological considerations of the PIE homeland problem

    Parpola, A., 2008, Proceedings of the 19th annual UCLA Indo-European conference. Jones-Bley, K., Huld, M. E., Della Volpe, A. & Dexter, M. R. (eds.). Washington, D. C.: Institute for the Study of Man, p. 1-59 59 p. (Journal of Indo-European Studies Monograph; no. 54).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

  6. Deciphering the Indus script

    Parpola, A., 2009, Paperback reprint ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 396 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBookScientificpeer-review

  7. The Nasatyas, the chariot and Proto-Aryan religion

    Parpola, A., 2005, In : Indo shisoshi kenkyu. 2004-2005, 16 & 17, p. 1-63 63 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

  8. Indus Civilization —1750 BCE

    Parpola, A., 2012, Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Jacobsen, K. A. (ed.). Leiden & Boston: Brill , Vol. volume IV. p. 3-18 16 p. (Handbook of Oriental Studies, Section two (India) 22).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

  9. The Dasas of the Rgveda as Proto-Sakas of the Yaz I -related cultures: With a revised model for the protohistory of Indo-Iranian speakers

    Parpola, A., 2012, Archaeology and Language: Indo-European studies presented to James P. Mallory. Huld, M. E., Jones-Bley, K. & Miller, D. (eds.). Washington, D.C.: Institute for the Study of Man, p. 221-264 44 p. (Journal of Indo-European Studies Monograph series; vol. vol. 60).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

  10. 'Hind leg' + 'fish': towards further understanding of the Indus script

    Parpola, A., 2009, In : Scripta : International Journal of Writing Systems. 1 (2009), p. 37-76 40 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Latest activities

  1. Hindulaisuuden jumalat

    Asko Parpola (Speaker)
    7 Oct 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. The Split: Reconstructing Early Indo-European Language and Culture

    Asko Parpola (Speaker: Presenter)
    13 Sep 201715 Sep 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

  3. pre-reporter and member of the jury, A.M. Quillet's doctoral dissertation at EPHE in Paris

    Asko Parpola (Pre-examiner)
    9 Nov 201517 Dec 2015

    Activity: Examination typesPre-examiner of doctoral thesis

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Latest prizes

  1. Honorary membership

    Asko Parpola (Recipient), 16 Jan 2012

    Prize: Prizes and awards

  2. Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi Classical Tamil Award 2009

    Asko Parpola (Recipient), 23 Jun 2010

    Prize: Prizes and awards

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Latest projects

  1. Jaiminīya-Sāmaveda

    Parpola, A. & Fujii, M.

    Project: Research project

  2. CISI: Corpus of Indus Seals and Inscriptions

    Parpola, A., Prabhakar, V. N. & Koskikallio, P.

    Project: Research project

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