Talbot, Phillips.

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Birth 1915-06-07
Death 2010-10-01

Biographical notes:

Associate, Institute of Current World Affairs, 1938-1941 and 1946-1951.

From the description of Phillips Talbot letters, 1939-1950, to Walter S. Rogers. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754867874

Phillips Talbot was born to Kenneth Hammet and Gertrude (Phillips) Talbot in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on 7 June 1915. He received a B.S. (1936) in journalism from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. (1954) from University of Chicago. He also has received honorary doctorates from Mills College (1963) and Elmhurst College (2007).

He worked as a reporter (1936-1938) for the Chicago Daily News prior to being selected as a fellow (1938-1941 and 1946-1951) with the Institute of Current World Affairs (ICWA). The Institute was established in 1925 by Charles R. Crane in order to "improve the exchange of information etween the United States and other parts of the world." As part of his fellowship, Talbot studied at the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (1938-1939) and at Aligarh Muslin University in Aligah, India. He also traveled around India studying the country and its culture. After serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a Lieutenant Commander (1941-1946) during World War II, he returned to India for a second fellowship with the ICWA.

Talbot taught at the University of Chicao (1948-1950) and at Columbia University (1951). He then became the executive director (1951-1961) of the American Universities Field Staff (AUFS). The AUFS grew out of the activities of the ICWA, and was established in 1951 by a group of seven colleges and universities as a professional agency through which correspondents would send regular reports about foreign areas and would also regularly visit the colleges and universities to lecture, take part in seminars, and meet with faculty and students.

Talbot served as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs (1962-1965), prior to being named the U.S. Ambassador to Greece (1965-1969). He was President (1970-1981) of Asia Society, an organization that was established to promote greater knowledge of Asia in the United States, and he is now a President Emeritus (1981-present) of the society.

He married Mildred Fisher in 1943, and they had three children. Phillips Talbot lives in New York City.

From the description of Papers, 1938-1968. (Iowa State University). WorldCat record id: 191805763

Biographical/Historical Note

Associate, Institute of Current World Affairs, 1938-1941 and 1946-1951.

From the guide to the Phillips Talbot letters to Walter S. Rogers, 1939-1950, (Hoover Institution Archives)


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