|name:||Gregorio F. Zaide|
|birth:||May 25, 1907|
Dr. Gregorio F. Zaide was a major Philippine historian specializing in Spanish era Philippines born on May 25, 1907 in Pagsanjan, Laguna.
Gregorio F. Zaide graduated as a valedictorian of the Laguna High School in 1926. He obtained his undergraduate degree and master's degree from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 1929 and 1931. He obtained his doctorate degree from the University of Sto. Tomas
Career as a Historian
During his career as a historian, he taught in prestigious universities such as University of the Philippines, University of Sto. Tomas, San Beda College, University of Hawaii, University of Manila, and Far Eastern University. He retired on May 25, 1964 and became the first professor emeritus of the Far Eastern University.
Organizations and associations
Zaide was a member of several historical and professional organizations and associations. Among these organizations are the American Historical Association, Instituto Historico de la Independencia Americana, National Research Council of the Philippines, Historical Association, and Instituto Pan-Americano de la Historia y Geografica.
Zaide was a prolific writer and historian. He wrote about 67 books which were adopted as textbooks for high schools and colleges. Zaide also authored more than 500 articles in history published in both national and international newspapers and academic journals. Among his contributions to Philippine history are the books A Documentary History of the Katipunan, History of the Katipunan, Philippine Political and Cultural History, Great Events in Philippine History, History of the Filipino People, Jose Rizal: Life, Works and Writings, The Philippine Revolution, Riquezas Filipinas en los Archivos de Mexico, Great Filipinos in History, and The Pageant of Philippine History.
Dr. Zaide was the first Asian to win the United Nations Study Award in (1957) He was also awarded the prestigious Republic Cultural Heritage Award in 1968 by the Philippine Republic. His other awards includes the Diploma of Outstanding Writings on Filipino National Heroes, A Special Prize in History in the 1940 Commonwealth Literary Contest, the Republic Cultural Heritage Award of 1968, the diploma of Distinction for research on the life and works of Dr. Jose Rizal and the Distinguished Public Service Award.
"Goyo" as Dr. Zaide was popularly referred to by his town mates was elected mayor of his beloved Pagsanjan, Laguna. He served from 1971 until 1975.
He was married to Lily Magbanua.