Fred Wakeman Died

September 15, 2006 at 9:58 pm (Berkeley)

Fred Wakeman, one of the most towering figures in Chinese study, died last night. He retired from Berkeley this spring. Below is a letter from Kevin O’Brien, incumbent Chair of Chinese Study Center at Berkeley

Dear Colleagues,

Many of you have heard that Fred Wakeman died last night. Fred, of course, was a distinguished member of the Berkeley faculty, a chair of the Center for Chinese Studies from 1972 to 1979, director of the Institute of East Asian Studies from 1990-2000, and a towering figure in the study of Chinese history. He’s left an untold number of students behind to carry on, and his books and articles will be read for a very long time to come. Fred will be sorely missed.

Kevin J. O’Brien

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