Wm Theodore de Bary

Wm. Theodore de Bary
Born (1919-08-09) August 9, 1919
Academic background
Alma mater Columbia University
Academic work
Institutions Columbia University
Main interests Chinese literature, Neo-Confucianism

William Theodore "Ted" de Bary (born August 9, 1919),[1] is an American sinologist and East Asian literature scholar who serves as John Mitchell Mason Professor of the University and Provost Emeritus at Columbia University.

De Bary graduated from Columbia College in 1941, where he was a student in the first year of Columbia's famed Literature Humanities course. He then briefly took up graduate studies at Harvard University before the US entered the Second World War. De Bary left the academy to serve in American military intelligence in the Pacific Theatre. Upon his return, he resumed his studies at Columbia, where he earned his MA in 1948 and PhD in 1953.

He has edited numerous books of original source material relating to East Asian (primarily Japanese and Chinese) literature, history, and culture, as well as making the case, in his book Nobility and Civility, for the universality of Asian values. He is recognized as essentially creating the field of Neo-Confucian studies.

Other Activity

De Bary was active in faculty intervention during the Columbia University protests of 1968 and served as the university's provost from 1971 to 1978. He has attempted to reshape the Core Curriculum of Columbia College to include Great Books and classes devoted to non-Western civilizations. De Bary is additionally famous for rarely missing a Columbia Lions football game since he began teaching at the university in 1953. A recognized educator, he won Columbia's Great Teacher Award in 1969, its Lionel Trilling Book Award in 1983 and its Mark Van Doren Award for Great Teaching in 1987. In 2010 he received the Philolexian Award for Distinguished Literary Achievement.

Now the director of the Heyman Center for the Humanities and still teaching, de Bary lives in Rockland County, New York.

Prizes and Honours

Honorary degrees

Major works

Original Works

end ed. 1975. 3rd ed. 1988

Original translations

Edited volumes

2nd ed. 2001

2nd ed published as earliest times to 1600 (2001) with Donald Keene, George Tanabe, Paul Varley vol 2 published as 1600 to 2000 with Carol Gluck and Arthur Tiedemann (2005)

expanded 2 vols ed. Harvard UP, 1999 and 2000

2nd ed. 1988

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