Professor Nidhi EOSEEWONG, Fukuoka Prize 1999 Academic laureate, has passed away on the 7th August 2023.
Professor Nidhi EOSEEWONG was one of the greatest historians that Thailand has ever produced. With his innovative concepts and methodology, he has breathed fresh life into the historiography of Thailand. It is no exaggeration to say that a significant portion of Thailand's history from Ayudhya Dynasty onward has been wholly rewritten by him. He continued to write witty and sensational columns on culture, politics, and society of present-day Thailand, and thus had a strong social influence.
Upon receiving the award in 1999, he attended the award ceremony and gave a lecture in ‘Southeast Asian History Seminar’. In his talk titled "Ayutthaya and the Japanese," he discussed the relationship between Thailand and Japan from the period of Ayutthaya, a city that prospered as a major trading center in the 17th century, to the period of national isolation, focusing on trade, immigration, and political intervention.
In memory of his many achievements, we would like to send our sincere condolences to his family.
Secretariat of Fukuoka Prize Committee