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ANU Emeriti Oral History Video Project

Since its establishment in 1945 the ANU has been home to a very large number of outstanding and committed researchers and educators. Many of these spent the majority of their working lives at the ANU and still contribute as Faculty Emeriti. This project records the personal reflections of six ANU emeritus professors from a varied range of disciplines, documenting their experiences, contributions and their perspectives on the evolution of the ANU. The oral history video interviews were conducted as part of the ANU School of History Summer Scholar Program 2012-13. Click on the images below to view the video interviews and read short biographies, as well as for links to career timelines and additional resources.


Desley Deacon

Desley Deacon is Emerita Professor of the School of History, Australian National University, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. Her research interests include women's biography and women in the Public Service. Throughout her career, Deacon has made an invaluable contribution to documenting the history of professional women in Australia and the United States of America. As Head of the ANU School of History she oversaw significant administrative changes and served as a mentor for many students and colleagues. 

Interviewed by Katie Valenta


James J. Fox

James J. Fox is a Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Emeritus Professor of the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University. His research spans the history and anthropology of Indonesia; rural development and resource management; theory of anthropology; linguistic anthropology; comparative Austronesian studies; and the study of Islam in Indonesia. His policy research relates to environmental management in Indonesia and East Timor.

Interviewed by Nathan Gardner


Adrian Horridge

Adrian Horridge is Emeritus Professor of Neurobiology, a Fellow of the Royal Society, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and Visiting Fellow of the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University. His research interests include the nervous basis of behaviour and the physics and the physiology of vision. Horridge's work was instrumental in the development of optical fibre for long-distance transmission and small seeing machines.

Interviewed by Tamas Molnar


John Mulvaney

John Mulvaney AO CMG is an acclaimed archaeologist and historian of prehistory. Emeritus Professor Mulvaney pioneered the field of Australian archaeology. His extensive fieldwork has contributed significantly to understanding of Australia’s early human occupation.

Interviewed by Kathleen Jackson


Marian Sawer

Marian Sawer AO is Emerita Professor and Adjunct Professor at the School of Politics and International Relations, Australian National University. She made pioneering contributions to the ANU's equal employment policies. Her main academic interests include feminist institution building in Australia, social liberalism, gender-responsive institutions, social movements and democratic theory.

Interviewed by Maanya Tandon


Deane Terrell

Deane Terrell AO is Emeritus Professor of Econometrics and was Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University in 1994-2000. His main research contribution has been in the field of time-series. As Vice-Chancellor, he worked to integrate research and teaching schools, fostered links betwen Australian and international universities, and helped to bridge the gap between the higher education and business sectors.

Interviewed by Taylor Hughson

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