Awarded: December 12, 2013
(b. February 22, 1926)
Miguel León-Portilla, a Mexican anthropologist and historian, is the world’s foremost authority on Náhuatl philology and philosophy. He has spearheaded an entire scholarly discipline to evaluate and understand indigenous literature and thought, especially Náhuatl, extending from pre-Columbian times to the 1.5 million speakers of Náhuatl today. The language of the Aztecs, Náhuatl has been spoken in Central Mexico since at least the 7th century AD. León-Portilla is one of the most highly decorated Mexican scholars of the 21st century.