Ethio Newsflash has confirmed that the long time friend of Ethiopia and a top- notch scholar, Professor Richard Pankhurst has passed away. The scholar has passed at the age of 90t and was survived by his wife Mrs. Rita Pankhurst and his children, Helen and Alula Pankhurst.
“The doyen of historians and scholars of Ethiopia, Dr. 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 Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
The son of Sylvia Pankhurst, a staunch supporter of Ethiopia’s struggle against Italy in the 1930s, Dr. 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 the Axum Stelae, re-erected in 2008, back from Italy to Ethiopia, for which he was given an award of recognition by President Mulatu Teshome. He was also awarded an OBE by the British Government for his services to Ethiopian studies.