Robert Scalapino - 2005 Honoree

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Robert Scalapino (class of 1936), while at Santa Barbara High School, involved himself by being a member of the band and served as editor of the graduation yearbook in 1936.  He fondly remembers his teachers in high school, especially his biology teacher, who was his father, Anthony Scalapino.  After graduation, Mr. Scalapino began his college studies at UCSB, receiving his B.A. degree.  He then moved on to Harvard University, where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. He returned to California in 1949, teaching in the Political Science Department at U.C. Berkeley, and was department chair from 1962 to 1965.  In 1978 Mr. Scalapino founded the Institute of East Asian Studies and remained its director until his retirement in 1990. Mr. Scalapino has also published some 550 articles and 39 books or monographs on Asian politics and U.S. Asian policy.  He also has been the recipient of a number of research grants under such sponsorship as the Social Science Research Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Henry Luce Foundation.  A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and made a Berkeley Fellow in 1993, Mr. Scalapino was also a founder and first chairman of the National Committee on US-China Relations.  In 1989, Scalapino was also honored by the Alumni Association as a Distinguished Alumni Award winner.  Due to a speaking engagement in Malaysia, Mr. Scalapino with great regret was unable to make it here tonight.





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