Historian Peter Brown selected to share $1 million Kluge Prize





Peter Brown, Princeton's Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of History, has been named a co-winner of the 2008 Kluge Prize for Lifetime Achievement in the Study of Humanity.

He and Romila Thapar, a professor emeritus in history at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, will receive the award in a ceremony Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Library of Congress. They are the sixth and seventh recipients since the prize's 2003 inception, and each will receive half of the $1 million award.

A 2006 recipient of the award was Ying-shih Yu, Princeton's Gordon Wu '58 Professor of Chinese Studies Emeritus.

Endowed by Library of Congress benefactor John W. Kluge, the Kluge Prize is unique among international prizes at this monetary level in rewarding a wide range of disciplines including history, philosophy, politics, anthropology, sociology, religion, criticism in the arts and humanities, and linguistics, as well as a variety of cultural perspectives in the world.


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