Former Bancroft director elected to Royal Spanish Academy

Charles Faulhaber is one of two UC Berkeley professors elected to Royal Spanish Academy. (University Library archive photograph)
Charles Faulhaber is one of two UC Berkeley professors who will join the Royal Spanish Academy. (University Library archive photograph)

Excerpt from article by Kathleen Maclay, UC Berkeley media relations

Charles Faulhaber, former director of UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library, has been elected to join 100 scholars and researchers as a foreign corresponding member of the Royal Spanish Academy, or Real Academia Española.

Faulhaber, professor emeritus of Spanish and former chair of UC Berkeley’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese, was named to the academy for his work on medieval Spanish literature and its manuscript sources, particularly the PhiloBiblon project. PhiloBiblon is a catalog of primary sources in manuscript and printed form for the study of medieval Iberian culture.

The Royal Spanish Academy’s purpose is to guard the purity of the Spanish language. It publishes an official dictionary in collaboration with sister academies from Spanish-speaking countries around the world. It also publishes an official grammar of Spanish and maintains two databases containing hundreds of millions of words for research use.

See the full announcement on the Berkeley News site.