Vietnamese historian becomes member of French Institute
Professor Phan Huy Le
Professor Phan Huy Le, Chairman of the Vietnam Association of Historical Sciences, has become the first Vietnamese to be a member of the prestigious French Institute’s Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres (Academy of Humanities).
The professor told Tuoi Tre that he felt honored and surprised to be named the academy’s Foreign Corresponding Member since he didn’t know anything about the nomination.
Born in 1934 in the central province of Ha Tinh, Le graduated from Hanoi University in 1956 and worked for its History department. He received the professor’s title in 1980 and was awarded the People’s Teacher honor in 1994.
He was the first Vietnamese to receive the Fukuoka Asian Cultural Prize from Japan in 1996 and helped to compile the dossier for Doctoral Steles at the Temple of Literature to be recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage.
Founded in 1663, the French Academy of Humanities is one of the five academies of the French Institute, a learned society that runs about 1,000 foundations and awarded numerous prizes.
The academy’s Foreign Corresponding Members are often members of the most prestigious academies in their own countries as well as outstanding scholars in the world.