Richard Salomon, William P. and Ruth Gerberding University Professor, was selected by the Puget Sound Association of Phi Beta Kappa to receive its Humanities Achievement Award.
The prize is given to “individuals or organizations whose contributions to the humanities or arts are considered to be outstanding.”
The board of trustees of the association voted to award Professor Salomon the award in recognition of his study of the Gandharan manuscripts, which illuminate the oldest period of Buddhist culture for which documents exist, and the dissemination of its results. It will be presented to him in May, 2016.
The Phi Beta Kappa Society, founded in 1776, is America’s oldest academic honor society. It recognizes and promotes excellence in the study of the liberal arts and sciences.