JAN FONTEIN (1927-2017)

The museum director, curator, and eminent Asian art historian Jan Fontein died in Newton Upper Falls, Massachusetts on May 19, 2017— just three days shy of his 90th birthday. He had been in ill health for some time, suffering from Parkinson’s disease.


Re: Life and Career of Dr. Biswamoy Pati, 1956-2017

I am very sorry indeed to hear this sad news. Dr Pati gave our project, the Medical History of British India, a fantastic review which helped in our efforts to promote this on-line collection of colonial medical volumes, we were very grateful to him. Our sympathies are with his family, friends and colleagues.

Jan Usher
National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Life and Career of Dr. Biswamoy Pati, 1956-2017

Ravindran Gopinath, Professor in the Department of History, Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi has kindly permitted me to share this memorial of the life and work of the Indian historian, Dr. Biswamoy Pati.

Sumit Guha

University of Texas-Austin


Dr Biswamoy Pati (1956-2017)


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


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