Benjamin Bailey – lexicographer to Malayalam
Benjamin Bailey who voyaged from England to Kerala about 200 years ago at the age of 25 on a mission to spread Christanity was the person who really reformed Malayalam letters. He was also a cultural reformer in that period in Kerala. He was a missionary of Church Mission Society (CMS). Kerala’s first printing press was established by him in Kottayam in 1821 which was named as CMS press and started printing in Malayalam. It was he who changed the Malayalam types from square to round form, the current format.
He was really the first lexicographer in Malayalam.