About the Author
The son of the suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst, who championed the cause of Ethiopia during Mussolini's 1935-36 fascist invasion, Professor Richard Pankhurst has devoted his entire life to the study and popularization of Ethiopian history and culture. Born 1927 in Hampstead, England, he earned a B.Sc. (Economics) and Ph.D. from London School of Economics, University of London. He began teaching in Ethiopia in 1956, at the University College of Addis Ababa and joined Haile Sellassie I University (later Addis Ababa University) in 1960. Pankhurst became director of the University's Institute of Ethiopian Studies in 1963, and ten years later was awarded the Haile Sellassie I Prize for Ethiopian Studies. He is currently Research Professor at the Institute. Married with two children, Professor Pankhurst has traveled widely throughout the country. He is the author of over two dozen monographs and several hundred articles on Ethiopia. He was also involved in the successful campaign for the return to Ethiopia of the Aksum obelisk looted by Mussolini in 1937.