Addis Ababa February 16/2017 The doyen of historian and scholar of Ethiopia, Professor Richard Pankhurst has passed away at the age of 90, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed.
Prof. Pankhurst was one of Ethiopia's greatest friends during his long and productive life and his scholarship and understanding for Ethiopia will be sorely missed, the Ministry said.
The son of Sylvia Pankhurst, a staunch supporter of Ethiopia's struggle against Italian invasion in the 1930s, Prof. Pankhurst came to Ethiopia in 1956 and devoted his life to Ethiopian studies, writing over 20 books and editing many more on aspects of Ethiopia's history, culture and economics.
He was the founding director of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies and a leading figure in the friends of Ethiopia.
He was also instrumental in the successful campaign to get back the Axum Stelae from Italy to Ethiopia and its re-erection in 2008, for which he was given an award of recognition by President Mulatu Teshome.
Dr. Workneh Gebeyehu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, offered his profound condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.