Derk Bodde

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Derk Bodde
Born (1909-03-09)March 9, 1909
Marshfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died November 3, 2003(2003-11-03) (aged 94)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Academic work
Discipline Chinese history
Institutions University of Pennsylvania

Derk Bodde (9 March 1909 – 3 November 2003) was an American Sinologist and historian of China known for his pioneering work on the history of the Chinese legal system.

Bodde received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1930. He spent six years (1931-1937) studying in China on a fellowship. He earned a doctorate in Chinese Studies from the University of Leiden in 1938. When the Fulbright scholarship program was initiated in 1948, Bodde was the first American recipient of a one-year fellowship, which he spent studying in Beijing.

He spent several decades as Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and was a president of the American Oriental Society (1968–69).


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  1. ^ Association for Asian Studies (AAS), 1985 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Asian Studies; retrieved 2011-05-31