Armando Uribe

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Armando Uribe Arce (born October 28, 1933) is a Chilean writer, poet, lawyer, and diplomat.


Uribe was born in Santiago. He was educated at the Saint George's College. He later studied law in the University of Chile and received his law degree in 1959, where he served as a law professor for over 30 years.

In addition, Uribe has held various positions in law at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Michigan State University, University of Sassari in Italy, and University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne in France. He has published numerous works on politics, religion, criminal law, and mining, and is a member of the Chilean Academy of Language and the Royal Spanish Academy.

Uribe served a tenure as a diplomat between 1967 and 1973, being assigned to United Nations in 1968, and later the Chilean embassy in the United States between 1968 and 1970. In 1971, he became Chile's ambassador to the People's Republic of China under the Salvador Allende government until the 1973 Chilean coup d'état. Due to the recognition of the new Augusto Pinochet regime by the Chinese government, Uribe denounced the junta, after which he was dismissed from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As a result, he went into exile with his family in France, not returning to Chile until 1990.

Uribe won the Chilean National Prize for Literature in 2004.[1]


  1. ^ "Premio Nacional de Literatura" (in Spanish). Memoria Chilena. Retrieved 23 January 2010.