Professor Getatchew Haile, 2018 Bikila Lifetime Achievement Award winner
Professor Getatchew Haile is an Ethiopian-American philologist widely considered the foremost scholar of the Ge’ez language alive today. He was acknowledged for his contributions to the field with a MacArthur Fellows Program “genius” award and the Edward Ullendorff Medal from the Council of the British Academy.
He is Regents Professor Emeritus of Medieval Studies at Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, and Curator Emeritus of the Ethiopian Study Center at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint John’s, where he began work in 1976.
He prepared catalogs of more than five thousand Ethiopian manuscripts and trained Ethiopic manuscript cataloguers in paleography, dating, and other skills. Previously, he was associate professor in the Department of Ethiopian Languages and Literature,
at the Haile Selassie 1st University (now Addis Ababa University), from 1962 to 1969, and 1971 to 1974, where he taught Amharic Grammar, Amharic Literature, Ge’ez Grammar, Ge’ez Literature, Arabic Grammar, and Semitic Linguistics.
He is on the advisory board of a number of journals, including Comité de lecture of Analecta Bollandiana (Journal of Christian Hagiography), Ethiopian Journal of Education, Journal of Ethiopian Studies, Northeast African Studies, Ethiopian Register (1994-2001), and Acta Aethiopica (1980–89).
In addition to his writings and translations of a variety of works on Ethiopia and the Orthodox Church, he has produced two volume books on the history and beliefs of Abba Estifanos of Gwendagwende, one in 2006 the other in 2011.
Professor Getatchew Haile is a recipient of over seven Honors and Distinctions and author of several recent books on Ethiopian Orthodox Church History and Culture.
Bikila Award is honoured and congratulates Professor Getatchew Haile for being selected as the 2018 Bikila Lifetime Achievement Award winner for his distinguished scholarly achievement in the GE’EZ language, Ethiopian History and Culture and outstanding contribution to the preservation of Ethiopian Manuscripts.