Lothar von Falkenhausen, associate director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA and professor of Chinese archaeology and art history, was elected as one of thirty-three new members at the American Philosophical Society’s Spring Meeting in Philadelphia this past April. Each year resident members of the APS nominate top scholars to be elected into the honorary society.

As a professor and polyglot, Lothar von Falkenhausen has taught around the world in local languages. Most recently, Falkenhausen published “Chinese Society in the Age of Confucius,” which has been translated into Japanese, Chinese and Korean. His previous publications range from ancient musical instruments to ancient salt production and span various centuries, cultures and disciplines. Named as the leading archeologist of China of his generation, Falkenhausen is known for combining archeology and philosophy with intellectual, social, technological and economic history.