Dr Biswamoy Pati, 1956-2017

I have just received the sad news of the sudden passing of Dr Biswamoy Pati, a historian of South Asia who spent his career at the University of Delhi. Despite his heavy teaching load, he authored or edited numerous books. He was a leading historian of colonial and post-colonial Odisha (formerly called Orissa).  I list a few of them below:

Resisting domination : peasants, tribals, and the national movement in Orissa, 1920-1950 (New Delhi : Manohar Publishers & Distributors, 1993.)

Sad news of the passing of Ainslie Embree

I post a brief announcement of the passing of Ainslie Embree, Professor Emeritus at Columbia University written by John S. Hawley, Claire Tow Professor of Religion
Barnard College, Columbia University.

It is posted with Professor Hawley's permission.


Richard Solomon, 1937-2017

H-Asia member Frank Shulman has passed on the sad news of the death on March 13, 2017, of the distinguished China scholar and diplomat Richard H. Solomon. Solomon wrote numerous books on Asia and diplomacy, beginning with his influential study, Mao’s Revolution and the Chinese Political Culture (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1971).

Marilyn B. Young

NYU Professor Marilyn B. Young, a historian of Asia, died on February 19th. She was 79. The obituary in the New York Times is below.



A. Tom Grunfeld

SUNY/Empire State College

David Noel Keightley, 1932-2017

Ed. note: Our colleague Frank Shulman has shared the sad news of the death of the great Shang China scholar David Keightley, who passed away in California on February 23. Frank has kindly compiled the messages below, which are reproduced with the permission of their authors. Text from the Wikipedia article on Prof. Keightley is reproduced with attribution under the terms of the relevant Creative Commons license.


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