Georges Condominas, a French cultural anthropologist best known for his studies of the ethnic minority people of Mnong in Vietnam's Central Highlands, has died at 90 in France, Tuoi Tre reported Wednesday.
The scientist, who was honored by Vietnam government in 2007 for his contributions, died of a heart attack at the Paris-based Broca Hospital on July 17.
Born in the northern city of Hai Phong to a French father and Portuguese Vietnamese mother, Condominas spent many years living in the Mnong Gar people's village in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak conducting ethnographic research.
In 1957 he published the famous Nous avons mange la foret de la pierre - genie Goo, which presented his field trip observations and was later published in English with the title "We have eaten the forest".
In 2006 the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology cooperated with the French-owned Quai Branly Museum to organize an exhibition devoted to Condominas and his field work in central Vietnam. It was later presented in Hanoi as well.
Besides his work in Vietnam, the anthropologist also conducted studies in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Japan.