Edwin G. Pulleyblank

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Edwin George Pulleyblank FRSC (Chinese: 蒲立本; pinyin: Pú Lìběn; August 7, 1922 – April 13, 2013) was a Sinologist and professor emeritus of the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia.[1][2] He was known for his studies of the historical phonology of Chinese. He is survived by his second wife Yihong Pan.

Born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Pulleyblank was educated at the University of Alberta (BA, 1942) and the University of London (PhD in Chinese, 1951). He worked at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, 1948–53, as Chair of Chinese at the University of Cambridge, 1953–66, and professor of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, 1966–87.[3][4]

Selected works[edit]

  • The Background of the Rebellion of An Lu-shan, London, UK: Oxford University Press. 1955.
  • Chinese History and World History: An inaugural lecture, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. 1955.
  • Historians of China and Japan, Edited with W.G. Beasley. London, UK: Oxford University Press, 1961.[5]
  • "The Consonantal System of Old Chinese", Asia Major 9 (1962): 1962/1962-58.PDF 58–144, 1962/1962-206.pdf 206–265.
  • "Late Middle Chinese, Part I", Asia Major 15 (1970): 197–239.
  • "Late Middle Chinese, Part II", Asia Major 16 (1971): 121–166.
  • Middle Chinese: A Study in Historical Phonology, Vancouver, Canada: UBC Press. 1984. ISBN 978-0-7748-0192-8.
  • Studies in Language Origins. Vol. I., ed by Jan Wind, Edwin G. Pulleyblank, Eric de Grolier and Bernard H. Bichakjian, Amsterdam and Philadelphia, PA: Benjamins, 1989. ISBN 978-1-55619-065-0.
  • A Lexicon of Reconstructed Pronunciation in Early Middle Chinese, Late Middle Chinese and Early Mandarin, Vancouver, Canada: UBC Press. 1991. ISBN 978-0-7748-0366-3.
  • A Chinese text in Central Asian Brahmi script: New evidence for the pronunciation of Late Middle Chinese and Khotanese, With R. E. Emmerick. Rome: Istituto Italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente. 1993.
  • Outline of Classical Chinese Grammar, Vancouver, Canada: UBC Press. 1995. ISBN 978-0-7748-0541-4.
  • "The Roman Empire as known to Han China." A review article on The Roman Empire in Chinese Sources. D. D. Leslie and K. H. J. Gardiner. Rome (1996). Review by Edwin G. Pulleyblank. JAOS 119.1 (1999), pp. 71–79. JSTOR 605541
  • "The Nomads in China and Central Asia in the Post-Han Period," in: Hans Robert ROEMER (Hg.), History of the Turkic Peoples in the Pre-Islamic Period. Histoire des Peuples Turcs à l’Époque Pré-Islamique. (2000). Philologiae et Historiae Turcicae Fundamenta Tomus Primus. Berlin: Klaus Schwarz Verlag, S. pp. 76–94. (Philologiae Turcicae Fundamenta; III) ISBN 978-3-87997-283-8.
  • Essays on Tang and pre-Tang China, Aldershot, UK, and Burlington, VT, USA: Ashgate. 2001. ISBN 978-0-86078-858-4.
  • Central Asia and Non-Chinese Peoples of Ancient China. Aldershot, UK, and Burlington, VT, USA: Ashgate. 2002. ISBN 978-0-86078-859-1.


  1. ^ Lumley, Elizabeth (2003). Canadian Who's Who 2003. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 0-8020-8865-1. 
  2. ^ Canada (2013-04-13). "Professor Edwin G. Pulleyblank (1922-2013) | Department of Asian Studies". Asia.ubc.ca. Retrieved 2013-09-12. 
  3. ^ Bryant, Daniel. "Edwin G. Pulleyblank". Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia. 
  4. ^ Chan, Marjorie K.M. (2014). "In Memoriam: Edwin G. Pulleyblank 蒲立本 (1922–2013)" (PDF). Journal of Chinese Linguistics 42 (1): 252–266. 
  5. ^ Boorman, Howard L. (1962). "Review: Historians of China and Japan, edited by W. G. Beasley and E. G. Pulleyblank". Political Science Quarterly 77 (1): 132–134. JSTOR 2146521. 

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