Romila Thapar elected as International Member of the APS

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Famous writer Romila Thapar elected as an International Member of the American Philosophical Society (APS) at its Annual Spring Meeting. The American Philosophical Society is an eminent scholarly organization of international reputation that promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources, and community outreach.

Romila Thapar :

  • She is an Emerita professor whose principal area of study is ancient India.
  • She wrote several books including the popular volume, A History of India, and is currently Professor Emerita at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi.
  • She was offered Padma Bhushan award but declined both times.
  • Her famous Works: Aśoka, epigraphy of Mauryan period, and ground-breaking studies and multiple historiographies surrounding contested Hindu and Muslim history of Somnath.

American Philosophical Society :

  • Considered the first learned society in the United States, it has played an important role in American cultural and intellectual life for over 270 years.
  • Benjamin Franklin was the founder of the APS and it was founded in 1743.
  • The American Philosophical Society has its headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States.