Biographical / Historical
Patrick James Honey was a leading scholar of the Vietnamese language and Vietnamese history. He was born on 16 December 1922 in Navan, Ireland and served in the British Navy during World War II. Honey returned to college after the war and graduated with a degree in Classics from University College London in 1949. After graduating, he began studying the Vietnamese language at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies. He studied in Vietnam in the 1950s and became a Reader in Vietnamese Studies at the University of London in 1965. His primary research interest was the North Vietnamese government and his books published included Communism in North Vietnam: Its Role in the Sino-Soviet Dispute , 1963 and Genesis of a Tragedy: The Historical Background to the Vietnam War , 1968. He became the Head of the University of London's Department of Southeast Asia in 1982. Honey retired in 1985 and passed away in 2005.