Imre Galambos

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Imre Galambos at the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, Saint Petersburg, July 2010

Imre Galambos (Chinese name 高奕睿, pinyin Gāo Yìruì; born 1967) is a Hungarian Sinologist and Tangutologist who specialises in the study of medieval Chinese and Tangut manuscripts from Dunhuang. He is a professor of Chinese Studies at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge, and a fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge.[1][2]


Galambos was born in Szőny, Hungary in 1967, and studied at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest.[3] After graduating with an MA in 1994 he went on to study at the University of California, Berkeley, and in 2002 he was awarded a PhD, with a dissertation on Chinese writing during the Warring States period.[4]

Galambos worked at the British Library in London, England from 2002 to 2012, where he was a member of the team working on the International Dunhuang Project. During this time he specialised in the study of Dunhuang manuscripts, and collaborated with Sam van Schaik on a study of a Dunhuang manuscript comprising the letters of a 10th-century Chinese Buddhist monk on pilgrimage from China to India.[5] Whilst at the British Library he also published studies on The General's Garden and other Tangut translations of Chinese military treatises.

Since 2012 Galambos has been a lecturer in the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge, where he teaches pre-modern Chinese Studies.[6]


  • 2016. Gerard Clauson's Skeleton Tangut (Hsi Hsia) Dictionary: A facsimile edition. With an introduction by Imre Galambos. With Editorial notes and an Index by Andrew West. Prepared for publication by Michael Everson. Portlaoise: Evertype. ISBN 978-1-78201-167-5.
  • 2015. Translating Chinese Tradition and Teaching Tangut Culture: Manuscripts and Printed Books from Khara-Khoto (open-access). Berlin: DeGruyter. ISBN 978-3-11-045395-9.
  • 2012. "Consistency in Tangut Translations of Chinese Military Texts". In Irina Fedorovna Popova (ed.), Тангуты в Центральной Азии: сборник статей в честь 80-летия проф. Е.И.Кычанова [Tanguts in Central Asia: a collection of articles marking the 80th anniversary of Prof. E. I. Kychanov] pp. 84–96. Moscow: Oriental Literature. ISBN 978-5-02-036505-6
  • 2011. With Sam van Schaik. Manuscripts and Travellers: The Sino-Tibetan Documents of a Tenth-Century Buddhist Pilgrim. Berlin, New York: De Gruyter. ISBN 978-90-04-18203-5
  • 2011. "The northern neighbors of the Tangut"; in Cahiers de Linguistique – Asie Orientale 40: 69–104.
  • 2011. "The Tangut translation of the General’s Garden by Zhuge Liang"; in Written Monuments of the Orient 14(1): 131–142.
  • 2008. "A 10th-century manuscript from Dunhuang concerning the Gantong monastery at Liangzhou"; Tonkō Shahon Kenkyū Nenpō (敦煌寫本研究年報) 2: 63–82.
  • 2006. Orthography of Early Chinese Writing: Evidence from Newly Excavated Manuscripts (490–221 BC). Budapest Monographs in East Asian Studies. Budapest: Eötvös Loránd University.


  1. ^ "Dr Imre Galambos — Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies". Retrieved 2016-12-04.
  2. ^ College webpage
  3. ^ "Tudós a Selyemúton". 5 May 2012. Retrieved 2014-12-12.
  4. ^ "Chinese Studies Teaching Staff: Dr Imre Galambos". University of Cambridge. Archived from the original on 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  5. ^ Galambos, Imre; van Schaik, Sam (2010). "Following the Tracks of a Tenth-Century Buddhist Pilgrim" (PDF). IDP News (35). ISSN 1354-5914.
  6. ^ "IDP Quarterly Report: April – June 2012" (PDF). International Dunhuang Project. Retrieved 2012-11-13.

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