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Derk Bodde (9 March 1909 – 3 November 2003) was an American Sinologist and historian of China known for his pioneering work on the history of the Chinese legal system.

Derk Bodde
Born (1909-03-09)March 9, 1909
Marshfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died November 3, 2003(2003-11-03) (aged 94)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Academic work
Discipline Chinese history
Institutions University of Pennsylvania

Bodde received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1930. He spent six years (1931-1937) studying in China on a fellowship. He earned a doctorate in Chinese Studies from the University of Leiden in 1938. When the Fulbright scholarship program was initiated in 1948, Bodde was the first American recipient of a one-year fellowship, which he spent studying in Beijing.

He spent several decades as Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and was a president of the American Oriental Society (1968–69).



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Association for Asian Studies (AAS), 1985 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Asian Studies; retrieved 2011-05-31


  • Le Blanc, Charles (2003). "Derk Bodde (1909–2003)" (PDF). Early China. 28: vii–x. Archived from the original on 2007-07-04. 
  • Martin, Douglas (13 November 2003). "Derk Bodde, 94, a Longtime Scholar on China". New York Times. Retrieved 19 April 2017. 
  • Rickett, W. Allyn (October 2003). "In Memoriam: Derk Bodde (1909-2003)". Journal of the American Oriental Society. 123 (4): 711–13. JSTOR 3589964.