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Tuesday, 17.7.2007: Royal Academy Professor Long Siem Died at 72 from a Disease

Posted on 18 July 2007. Filed under: Week 517 |

The Mirror, Vol. 11, No. 517

“Phnom Penh: Academy Professor Long Siem, the Vice-President of the Royal Academy of Cambodia and the President of the Institute of the National Language, died at 8:15 on the morning of 15 July at the age of 72 from a disease. The death of Academy Professor Long Siem is considered to be the loss of a Cambodian scholar with knowledge, achievements, genius, and linguistic insights that are difficult to find in anyone else who could be compared to him. He is nationally and internationally widely recognized as a scholar.

“The loss of Academy Professor Long Siem is the loss of a Cambodian scholar who had been leading the compilation of Khmer dictionaries, after he had created a Khmer-Russian dictionary.

“The funeral of Professor Dr. Long Siem is held at his house in Paprak Khang Tboung Village, Kakab Subdistrict, Dangkao District, Phnom Penh. According to the officials arranging the ceremony on the afternoon of 16 July, Dr. Long Siem had a disease which made him weaker and weaker, and he left for treatment in Thailand, then finally he was treated in Calmette Hospital [in Phnom Penh]. In spite of the special medical care, he got weaker and weaker. Finally he was taken from the hospital to his house where he died.

“There will be a funeral ceremony at his house at 4 o’clock this afternoon with a Buddhist ceremony. A Medal of Honor of the Kingdom of Cambodia will be bestowed to the body of Dr. Long Siem. It is reported that his house will turned into a museum, organized by the Royal Academy of Cambodia.

Summary of Professor Long Siem’s Biography

“After graduation from the National Institute of Pedagogy and the Faculty of Literature of the University of Phnom Penh, Mr. Long Siem was appointed by the Government of Cambodia in 1965 to be Professor of the Khmer language at the Institute for International Cooperation in Moscow. In 1969, he got a scholarship to work toward a doctor’s degree with a thesis “Research on phonetics of the Modern Khmer Language.” He prepared and organized the research, and defended his thesis successfully at the Institute of Eastern Studies of the Academy of Sciences in Russia.

“In 1971, he was selected by the Academy of Sciences to do further research on linguistics at the Institute of Eastern Studies, and he was appointed as the Dean of Scholars. In this rank, he was in charge of a research team working on ancient Khmer language inscriptions and on Mon-Khmer languages in Indochina. In 1976, he received a doctor’s degree at the the Sorbonne, the University of Paris, for his “Research on phonetics of Khmer language inscriptions of Cambodia, from the 6th century to 14th century.” After 1979, he became the head of all doctor’s degree thesis of Cambodian young scholars, and he visited his home country many times as an activist strengthening the cooperation between Cambodia and Russia, especially by sending thousands of Khmer students and trainees to study in Russia. Mr. Long Siem organized and published a bilingual Khmer-Russian and Russia-Khmer dictionary, and a big number of books and articles on literature, history, Khmer language, and Mon-Khmer language in Khmer, Russian, and French.

“In 1992, in response to an invitation by the United Nations, he returned to Cambodia and became an advisor to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, in order to create and operate the National Institute of the Khmer Language, and he became a professor well familiar with inscriptions and Khmer linguistics at the University of Phnom Penh.” Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6093, 17.7.2007

Newspapers Appearing on the Newsstand:
Tuesday, 17 July 2007


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Bakong, Vol.7, #233, 16-17.7.2007

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Koh Santepheap, Vol.40, #6093, 17.7.2007

  • Royal Academy Professor Long Siem Died at 72 from Disease


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Sralanh Khmer, Vol.3, #454, 17.7.2007

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