A 2000-year old Indian script was decoded and a fascinating new chapter was added to Indian History. India learnt about Emperor Ashoka, one of the greatest kings to have ever ruled over the subcontinent. This is the story of an ancient king who carved his edicts on rock faces and stone pillars across India. It is the story of an Englishman named James Prinsep, who was determined to read what these ancient inscriptions said. And this is the story of the decoding of Brahmi - the oldest readable Indian script and the mother script of most modern Indian scripts.
You can read more about James Prinsep in this short article.
You can read more about the evolution of scripts in India in this short article.