The Department of Asian Languages and Literature is happy to congratulate Dr. Richard G. Salomon, William P. and Ruth Gerberding professor emeritus of Buddhist Studies, on his election as a 2021 fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was among only four UW professors selected for this honor in 2021. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the oldest and most prestigious honor societies in the country, founded by John Adams and John Hancock (among others) in 1780.
Professor Salomon was recognized by the Academy for his special contributions to religious studies. He is a leading expert in the field of early Buddhist Studies and director of the UW's Early Buddhist Manuscripts Project.
“We are honoring the excellence of these individuals, celebrating what they have achieved so far, and imagining what they will continue to accomplish,” said David Oxtoby, president of the academy. “The past year has been replete with evidence of how things can get worse; this is an opportunity to illuminate the importance of art, ideas, knowledge and leadership that can make a better world.”
For more information, please see this article in the UW News.