Samuel Lieu

Professor Samuel Lieu

  • Post Nominals: FAHA, FSA, FRHistS
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 1998
  • Section(s): Religion, Classical Studies, Asian Studies


Professor Samuel N.C. Lieu (劉南強) is Emeritus Professor at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia where he was Inaugural Distinguished Professor of Ancient History until 2016. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College (Cambridge) and a Trustee of the Ancient India and Iran Trust (Cambridge). Born in Hong Kong in 1950, Sam Lieu was an Exhibitioner at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and took his DPhil degree in Ancient History at Oxford where he was also a Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College (Oxford). He was successively Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor of Ancient History at Warwick University (UK). In 1996 he was appointed to the Chair of Ancient History at Macquarie University in Sydney and in 2010 was awarded the title of Inaugural Distinguished Professor by Macquarie University. He was Alexander Von Humboldt Stipendiat, TÜbingen Universität (1989-1990) and Walker-Ames Visiting (Professorial) Fellow at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA 2009. Sam Lieu is a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and has since 1998 been a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales (2016). In 2003 he was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Governor General of Australia for his contribution to both Classical and Asian Studies. He has been co-director of the UNESCO-sponsored Corpus Fontium Manichaeorum project since 1996 and is also co-ordinator of the ‘China and the Ancient Mediterranean World’ Project of the Union Acadà mique Internationale (UAI). In 2012 he was awarded a DORA (Discovery Outstanding Research Award) by the Australian Research Council for three years (2013-15). He has been a delegate of the Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities to the Union Acadà mique Internationale since 2002 and was elected President of the Union Acadà mique Internationale at the 89th General Assembly of the Union at Tokyo (2017). Besides researching on Manichaean and Christian texts from the Silk Road, he is also working on a monograph on the Classical and Byzantine Thracian Chersonese more popularly known as the Gallipoli Peninsula.

Acknowledgement of Country

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