Augustus F. R. (Frederic Rudolf) Hoernle (1841-1918) was an Indologist, philologist, and numismatist born at Secundra, near Agra, India. He left for Europe as a young boy in 1848 and attended universities in Basel, Switzerland (1858), and London (1860). He returned to India in 1865, becoming professor of philosophy at Jay Narayan’s College in Benares. He was a scholar of Indo-Aryan languages and is remembered for deciphering the Bower Manuscript. He retired to Oxford, England.
A prominent figure in the leadership of the Society from the 1890s until his death in 1922, Saltus championed the Society's medals program during this period and endowed the medal award named in his honor.