The ceremony was organised by the Vietnam Science History Association, the Pham Than Duat History Award Fund (HAF) and the Ninh Binh provincial People’s Committee to mark the 130th anniversary of Pham Than Duat’s death in exile for his role in the Can Vuong campaign against the French colonialists, which he launched together with other Vietnamese compatriots in the late 19th century.
This year, the first prize of the annual award went to Dr. Le Tien Cong from Phan Chau Trinh University for his thesis on the defence and safeguarding of the central region’s waters under the Nguyen dynasty between 1802 and 1885.
Founded in 2000, the annual award has encouraged history talents, honoured outstanding Doctors of History and contributed to developing history-science in Vietnam.
The HAF presented scholarships and academic encouragement awards to disadvantaged students who have overcome difficulties to gain excellent academic results and earned prizes from provincial, national and international competitions for excellent students. The fund has also eased the pain of disadvantaged, debilitated and disabled people through social charity programmes.
Pham Than Duat was born in Yen Mo Thuong village, Yen Mac commune, Yen Mo district, Ninh Binh province on November 11, 1825 and died in exile on November 29, 1985. He was a patriotic intellectual and a cultural celebrity in the late 19th century. He edited the Nguyen Dynasty’s biggest historical book written by Imperial Courts, called the ‘Kham dinh Viet su thong giam cuong muc’ (the imperially ordered annotated text reflecting the history of Vietnam). He left a variety of cultural, scientific and economic works.