Category: Obituaries

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Improbable recruit became pioneer and leader in his field

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Emeritus Professor Nicholas Tarling 1931–2017 Anthony Reid remembers Nicholas Tarling, a man of many parts—but above all, the most prolific Southeast Asian historian of this or any age Nicholas Tarling died in the water on 13 May aged 86, continuing to do his regular beach laps in the chilly Hauraki Gulf in front of his […]

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Travels with Des Ball

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Professor Desmond John Ball 20 May 1947–12 October 2016 Professor Des Ball had a profound influence on many of his students, as Cam Hawker recounts. Like many of his students, I first encountered Des in his books, namely A Suitable Piece of Real Estate, which dealt with joint Australian–American intelligence facilities, a subject which he […]

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A model for a scholarly life

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Obituary John David Legge AO (1921–2016) Emeritus Professor John Legge died on 4 February after a long life and a distinguished career as a scholar, teacher and academic leader. He was a pioneer in the teaching of the history of Asian countries in Australian universities. When he started teaching at the University of Western Australia […]

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A tribute to Professor Nicholas Tapp

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JEAN MICHAUD reflects on the life of a prolific intellectual standing at the forefront of his field. Nicholas Tapp, 5  November 1952 – 10 October 2015 For over three decades, in the mind of most scholars and graduate students alike, but also for the Hmong of the diaspora and the growing number of Asian Hmong […]

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Scholar played crucial role in emergence of South Asian studies in Australia and Singapore

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Obituary Peter Reeves (1935–2015) Another pioneer of South Asian Studies in Australia died recently. Peter Reeves, Emeritus Professor of South Asian History at Curtin University and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities, passed away in Perth on 24 February 2015—12 days after the death of Professor Donald Anthony Low. Peter Reeves was educated at […]

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Pioneer of India and South Asia studies inspired a generation of students

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Obituary Donald Anthony Low (1927–2015) Anthony Low, the third president of the ASAA in 1981–2 and vice-chancellor of the Australian National University from 1975–82, died on 12 February in Canberra after a struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Born in Nanital in north India (his father was a missionary in Allahabad), Low was an outstanding scholar not […]