BIOGRAPHY OF THE AUTHORS
Revised by Prof. Đàm Trung Pháp
|Prof. Nguyễn Ðình-Hoà||
Nguyễn Ðình-Hoà (B.A., Union College; M.A. and Ph. D.,
New York University) was Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Foreign
Languages & Literatures at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale,
Illinois, USA.. Between 1969 and 1990, he also served as Associate
Director, then Director, of the Center for Vietnamese Studies, set up on
the SIU campus to coordinate academic courses and research programs on
various aspects of Vietnamese civilization.
|Prof. Nguyễn Khắc-Kham||Nguyễn Khắc-Kham, pen-names Lãng Xuyên and Lãng Hồ, Professor
Emeritus, was born on December 23, 1910 in Hanoi, Vietnam. He holds a
Licence ès-Lettres (Sorbonne, France, 1934) and a Licence en Droit
(Faculty of Law, Paris, 1934).
From 1937 to December 10, 1946, he taught at Gia-Long, Thăng-Long, Văn-Lang and Hoài-Ðức private High Schools and Chu Văn-An public High School in Hanoi. He was the Principal of Lyceum Văn-Lang from 1941 to December 20, 1946. At the same time he was a member of the Literary Committee of AFIMA (Association pour la Formation Intellectuelle et Morale des Annamites). From 1952 to July 1954, while being the Principal of Minh-Tân and later of Văn-Hoá private High Schools, he taught at the University of Hanoi, Faculty of Letters. From late 1954 to September 1967, he was successively teacher at Pétrus Ký and Chu Văn-An public High Schools in Saigon, professor at the University of Saigon, Faculty of Letters and Faculty of Pedagogy. He also taught for a short time at the University of Huế and at Vạn-Hạnh, a private Buddhist University, Faculty of Letters.
In January 1964, he attended the XXVI International Congress of Orientalists in New Delhi (India). From December 1966 to February 1967 he served as a Visiting Researcher at Ostasiatisches Seminar, Frankfurt (West Germany). From September 1967 to 1973, he was visiting professor at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies. During his distinguished carreer as an educator, he successively cumulated important official positions in the field of Vietnamese culture: Acting Director of the Institute for Historical Researches; Director of Cultural Affairs; Secretary General of the Vietnamese National Commission for UNESCO; Director of National Archives and Libraries. During his stay in Japan, he actively participated in the Annual Congress of Orientalists in Japan (1969-1973) and served as a corresponding researcher at the Center for East Asian Cultural Studies for UNESCO, within the Toyo Bunko. During the same period, he was also a member of Tonan Ajiya Shigakkai (Japan Society for Southeast Asian History). In 1971, he was awarded the Education and Culture Medal by the Vietnamese Ministry of Education (ROV) and was promoted by Tokyo University of Foreign Studies to the full professorship (Kyakuin Kyòju). From 1969 to 1974 he was a member of Advisory Board of Southeast Asia, an International Quarterly, Southern Illinois University (SIU) at Carbondale. In 1973, he participated in the Vietnamese Historical Sources Project headed by Prof. Chingho A. Chen, funded by the HEH (National Endowment for the Humanities), co-sponsored by SIU and the Chung Wen University, HongKong.
In 1977, Prof. Nguyễn Khắc-Kham resettled in the United States. From February 1982 to February 1991, he was successively Research Associate at the Center for South and Southeast Asia Studies and the Center for Southeast Asia Studies, University of California at Berkeley. Since 1982, he has been a member of I.S.A. (Independent Scholars of Asia, a non-profit, non-partisan, professional organization), Berkeley, California in USA. Since February 2000, he has been a member of the Board of Advisors at the Institute of Vietnamese Studies, Garden Grove, California.
|Prof. Lê Văn Ðặng||Born on August 10, 1933 into a family of scholars, Prof. Lê Văn Ðặng
learned Chinese characters from his father before going to school. He
received a French education at Lycée Pétrus Trương Vĩnh Ký in Saigon,
and at the University of Saigon, he graduated with a B.S. degree in
Mathematics and a B.S. degree in Physics and continued his post-graduate
studies in Theoretical Physics. He also did other post-graduate studies
in Statistics at the University of Nancy and at the “Ecole Normale
Supérieure de Paris” (special course by Prof. Carter), and post-graduate
studies in Applied Mathematics at the University of René Descartes in
Paris V, at the Research Institute in Math Education, University of
Pierre & Marie Curie in Paris VI (IREM de Paris Sud).
In 1957, he began teaching Physics and Mathematics at Pétrus Trương Vĩnh Ký High School and other high schools in Saigon and Mỹ Tho. He conducted lectures in Economic Mathematics (Toán Pháp Tài Chánh) at the Training Center for Bank Specialists (Trung Tâm Huấn Luyện Chuyên Môn Ngân Hàng) sponsored by the National Bank of Vietnam.
He was Inspector in Mathematics at the Division of Test Development and
Examinations, Ministry of Culture, Education and Youth, Republic of
Representing IREM of Paris, under the direction of Prof. André Revuz, in the “Séminaire International sur L’Enseignement des Mathématiques” in Toulouse, France, 5-9 July 1975, he presented the paper “Aperçu sur l’Enseignement des Probabilités et Statistiques au Vietnam” (Report on the Teaching of Probabilities and Statistics in Vietnam).
In March 1976, Prof. Lê moved from Paris to Seattle, where he retired and has devoted all his time on his research on Nôm Literature.
His publications cover several areas: Mathematics (text books, National
Academic Examinations Tests, articles, papers), Literature (translations
from French, Nôm studies, Chinese classics, articles), Buddhist Studies
(Comparative Study of the Diamond Sutra, The Heart Sutra, The Amitabha
Sutra, Lessons of Chinese Characters from Sutras, and others), and Fonts
Design (True Type Fonts for Personal Computers: Vietnamese, Nôm glyphs,
IChing, and others).