Professor Ramzi Baalbaki, Chairperson of the Department of Arabic and
Near Eastern Languages and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences,
has been awarded the 1999 Debs Prize for humanities.
This prestigious prize, announced annually by the Abd al-Hadi al-Debs
Organization, includes a check for $50,000. A committee of specialists
is appointed to examine the applicantsí CVs, and the winner, when
there is one, is awarded the prize for his entire contribution to his
In the case of Professor Baalbaki, the committee cited the importance
of his academic contribution to the field of Arabic grammar, comparative
philology and lexicography. It also praised his critical editing and study
of numerous early Arabic texts ranging from biographical works to historical
and lexical treatises.
The prize was presented to Professor Baalbaki by Prime Minister
Salim Hoss in a special ceremony at the UNESCO Palace on December 3. In
his address, Professor Baalbaki thanked his colleagues in the Department
for nominating him, and the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences for
seconding the nomination.