Robert Scalapino

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Robert Scalapino (deceased) (19 October 1919 – 1 November 2011) "Robson Research Professor of Government, Emeritus, was the founding director of the Institute of East Asian Studies. Renowned for his work on East Asia in a career spanning five decades, Scalapino began teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1949. He has played a singular role in cementing the university's reputation as a premier center of teaching and research on Asia. The author of more than 500 articles and 38 books or monographs on Asian politics and U.S.-Asia policy, Scalapino has served as an advisor to heads of state and key policy makers around the world, including three U.S. presidents. He is a frequent visitor to the People's Republic of China, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan and the countries of Southeast Asia and Central Asia. He twice headed an American delegation to Korea, and he served as a visiting lecturer at Peking University in 1981, 1985 and 1999. Professor Scalapino retired from teaching in 1990, but remains active in political and development issues in Asia, and maintains an office at IEAS."[1]


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  1. ieas.berkeley Robert Scalapino, organizational web page, accessed September 23, 2012.
  2. UI Energy Corporation Advisory Board, organizational web page, accessed September 23, 2012.