Yosef Ben-Jochannan

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Birthday
31, 1918
Birthplace
Gondar, Ethiopia
Death Date
Mar 19, 2015 (96)
Birth Sign
Capricorn
Birthday
31, 1918
Birthplace
Gondar, Ethiopia
Death Date
Mar 19, 2015 (96)

About

An African-born writer and historian better known as "Dr. Ben," he became one of the most prominent Afrocentric scholars of the Twentieth Century. His nearly fifty published works focus on the ancient civilizations of the Nile Valley.

Before Fame

He began serving as chairman of UNESCO's African Studies Committee in 1945 and held the post until 1970.

Trivia

He was criticized for his Afrocentric re-working of history and, at one lecture, was chastised by scholar Mary Lefkowitz for asserting that Aristotle had visited the Library of Alexandria.

Family Life

He was born in Ethiopia to an Afro-Puerto Rican, Jewish mother and an Ethiopian father. After studying civil engineering at the University of Puerto Rico and architectural engineering at the University of Havana, he immigrated to the United States.

Associated With

He was a contemporary of Ephraim Isaac, a fellow Ethiopian-born scholar.