Rosane Rocher is a leading historian of Indology and a Professor Emerita of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Born Rosane Debels in Mouscron, Belgium, on 10 August 1937, she earned MAs in Classics and in Indo-Iranian studies, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Sanskrit linguistics at the University of Brussels.
She was a pre-doctoral and postdoctoral fellow of the Belgian National Research Foundation. She is the author of several books and many articles, and has been a contributor to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Encyclopedia of Asian History, History of the Language Sciences, International Encyclopedia of Linguistics, and Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, among others Doctor Ludo Rocher and Doctor Rosane Rocher were jointly awarded the 2015 prize of the Fondation Colette Caillat of the Institut de France "for their latest two joint books, The Making of Western Indology: Henry Thomas Colebrooke and the East India Company (2012) and Founders of Western Indology: August Wilhelm von Schlegel and Henry Thomas Colebrooke 1820–1837 (2013), and for their lifelong, signal contributions to Sanskrit studies and the history of Indology.".