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4. Humanities[X]
405. History and Philology, East and West, through the 17th Century[X]
1Name:  Professor Jean Leclant
 Institution:  Collège de France & Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres, Institut de France
 Year Elected:  1999
 Class:  4. Humanities
 Subdivision:  405. History and Philology, East and West, through the 17th Century
 Residency:  International
 Living? :   Deceased
 Birth Date:  1920
 Death Date:  September 16, 2011
Jean Leclant served as Secrétaire Perpétuel of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres at the Institut de France since 1983 and Professor Emeritus at the Collège de France since 1990. Previously he was a professor at the University of Strasbourg (1955-63), the Sorbonne (1963-79), and the Collège de France (1979-90) and served as Director d'Etudes at the Ecole pratique des Hautes Etudes (1964-90). Jean Leclant was among the outstanding Egyptologists of his generation. He participated in many conferences in France and abroad (Africa, Japan, USA) and was an acknowledged administrator. His publication record was outstanding, with emphasis on excavations, Egyptian-Sudanese relations, the cult of Isis abroad, and Pyramid texts. Leclant's bibliography of books, articles, reviews, etc., through 1993 consisted of 993 items. The anniversary publication in his honor, Hommages à Jean Leclant, consisted of four volumes with contributions by 88 colleagues, friends, and students. He is the author of Mentouemhat, Quatrième prophète d'Amon, Prince de la ville (1961); Recherches sur les monuments thébains de la XXVème dynastie dite éthiopienne (1965); (with J. Ph. Lauer) Mission archéologique de Saqqarah I, le temple haut du complexe funéraire du roi Téti (1972); (with J. Goyon and R. Parker) The Edifice of Taharqa by the Sacred Lake of Karnak (1979); (with H. Danin) Le Second Siècle de l'Institut de France, 3 vol. (1994-2005); Les Textes des Pyramides de Pepy I (2001); and (with C. Carrier, C. Rilly, et al) Répertoire d'Epigraphie Méroitique, 3 vols. (2000). Professor Leclant has received many honors, including Grand-Officier, Légion d'honneur; Grand-Officier, Ordre du Mérite; Commdr. Ordre des Palmes Académiques; Commdr. Ordre des Arts et Lettres; Chevalier du Mérite Militaire; Imperial Order of Menelik (Ethiopia); and Grand Officer ordre de la République d'Egypte. In 1993 he received the Balzan Prize. He was a member of many academies, including the Accademia dei Lincei, the British Academy, the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Academies of Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, and Romania. He was elected as a foreign member of the American Philosophical Society in 1999. Jean Leclant died on September 16, 2011, in Paris, France at the age of 91.
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