Li Yih-yuan. CNA file photo
Taipei, April 19 (CNA) Academia Sinica member Li Yih-yuan (李亦園), an esteemed anthropologists in Taiwan, died at his home in Taipei on Tuesday at the age of 86.
Li had been suffering from heart disease over the past few years and his health had deteriorated recently after a bout of acute pneumonia, according to Academician Tsang Cheng-hwa (臧振華).
Born in Fujian Province, China in 1931, Li graduated from National Taiwan University in 1953 and received a master's degree in anthropology at Harvard University in the United States in 1960.
He worked at Academia Sinica, Taiwan's highest academic research institute, from 1955 to 1998, advancing from assistant, to assistant researcher, associate researcher, and research fellow.
In 1984, Li established the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at National Tsing Hua University.
He spearheaded the study of comparative religion and the development of anthropology in Taiwan and had taught almost every active anthropologist in the country, according to Tsang.
(By Chen Chih-chung and Elizabeth Hsu)