Veteran scholar Nguyen Dinh Dau wins prestigious award

The Phan Chau Trinh Culture Foundation has conferred its 2008 Research Award on veteran scholar Nguyen Dinh Dau, who has devoted most of his life to studying geography and history, especially of the southern and south central regions.

Veteran scholar Nguyen Dinh Dau, who has devoted most of his life to studying geography and history, has been conferred its 2008 Research Award

He has been chosen for his lifetime achievements.

Mr. Dau, 88, graduated from the Ha Noi Polytechnic University (1939-1941) and got a Bachelor of Science (Licence ès Sciences Sociales degree in 1953.

During his career, he was a secretary in the Ministry of the Economy under President Hồ Chí Minh in 1945, a director of the Vietnamese Historical Studies Association, and a member of the Fatherland Front’s Ho Chi Minh City Secretariat. 

He has written hundreds of research papers (books and articles published in Vietnamese, English, and French), is noted for research on land and maps, and recognized as possessing the largest collections of maps in Vietnam.

The award is given annually by the foundation to Vietnamese authors for excellence in social sciences and humanities.

Writer Nguyen Ngoc is the chairman of the committee nominating the winners of the prize.

The committee will also give the “Magnificence in International Education,” Award to outstanding translated works in education that have a major impact  on the development of education in Vietnam, and the “Vietnamese Studies” Award for research projects on Vietnam.

They will be given away at a ceremony on March 27 at the French Cultural Center in Ha Noi.

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By Uyen Phuong

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