Jorge Edwards (Chile)
A graduate of the University of the Chile in Law and Philosophy, Ambassador Edwards did his postgraduate studies at Princeton University. He has taught as a visiting professor at several North American and European universities, and has been grated the title doctor honoris causa from the University of Rennes as well as Honorary Professor of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. After passing the civil service examination in 1957 he worked for the Chilean diplomatic Service until 1973. Leaving for Barcelona, Spain he worked as an Adviser for the publishing house Seix Barral and as literary director of Difusora Internacional. He also writes in many Spanish and Latin-American journals and newspapers. At the end of 1978, he returned to Chile and became founder and first President of the Permanent Defense Comitee on the Freedom of Expression.
During the years 1994-1996, Edwards served as the Chilean Ambassador to UNESCO and member of its Executive Board. For two years, he chaired the Committee on Conventions and Recommendations for the Defense of human rights in the concerned areas of UNESCO. At present, he is member of the Chilean Academy of Language and a corresponding member of the Royal Spanish Academy. His books are widely circulated in the Spanish-speaking world and have been translated into the major European languages. His most famous works include Adios poeta. Pablo Neruda y su tiempo (Farewell, Poet. Pablo Neruda and his time, a memoir, 1990).
He received the Chilean National Prize of Literature in 1994, the Miguel de Cervantes Literature Award in 1999, and the Planète-Maison Prize in 2008. In 2009, he won the literary award of the Cristóbal Gabarrón Foundation. Jorge Edwards is also crowned Knight of Arts and Letters of the French Legion of Honour.