Richard Keir Pethick Pankhurst was born on December 3, 1927, in Woodford Green and died on February 16, 2017.
He was a British academic,
Pankhurst was the founding member of the Institute of Ethiopian Studies, and former professor at the University of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.
Richard’s books have been reviewed in scholarly journals, with Edward Ullendorff calling his The Ethiopians as another testimony to his “remarkable diligence and industry in the service of Ethiopian studies”.
Pankhurst was known for his research on economic history and socio-cultural studies on Ethiopia.
Pankhurst parents were left communist and former suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst (aged 45) and Italian anarchist Silvio Corio (aged 52).
Pankhurst’s maternal grandparents were Emmeline and Richard Pankhurst.
He studied at Bancroft’s School in Woodford, then at the London School of Economics, from which he received a doctorate in economic history, on which Harold Laski acted as an advisor.
Richard Pankhurst passed away at 89 years old.