Union Académique Internationale

Samuel N. C. Lieu

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Emeritus Professor Samuel N.C. Lieu (劉南強). He has been a delegate of the Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities to the Union Académique Internationale since 2002 and was elected a Bureau (Council) member (2013-17) before being elected President at the 89th General Assembly of the Union at Tokyo (2017). He is the first Academician of Asian-descent to hold this prestigious international position. Born in Hong Kong in 1950, and educated at Saint Paul’s College, Em. Prof. Sam Lieu completed his high school education in the United Kingdom. He was an Exhibitioner in History at Emmanuel College (Cambridge) and took his DPhil degree in Ancient History at Oxford where he was also a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College (Oxford). He was successively Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor of Ancient History at Warwick University (UK). In 1996 he was appointed to the Chair of Ancient History at Macquarie University in Sydney and in 2010 was awarded the title of Inaugural Distinguished Professor by Macquarie University. He was Alexander Von Humboldt Stipendiat, Tübingen Universität (1989-1990), Leverhulme Visiting (Professorial) Fellow at SOAS (London) (2000-2001) and Walker-Ames Visiting (Professorial) Fellow at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA 2009. Sam Lieu is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and has since 1998 been a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales (2016). In 2003 he was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Governor General of Australia for his contribution to both Classical and Asian Studies. He has been co-director of the UNESCO-sponsored UAI Corpus Fontium Manichaeorum project since 1996 and is also co-ordinator of the UAI ‘China and the Ancient Mediterranean World’ Project. In 2012 he was awarded a DORA (Discovery Outstanding Research Award) by the Australian Research Council for his research project on Manichaean texts from Central Asia (2013-2015). Besides researching on religious, especially Manichaean and Christian, texts from the Silk Road, he is also working on aspects of Byzantine historiography and historical geography.


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