Obituaries

Obituaries

Arief Budiman (1941-2020): liberated intellectual in authoritarian times

When I last met him, in his stylish bamboo-walled house in Salatiga in April last year, I thanked him for what he had done for me. Arief looked puzzled. “You taught me politics,” I said. Then he smiled. My hair had grown white. His body, eleven years older than mine, was wasted by Parkinsons. We …

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Improbable recruit became pioneer and leader in his field

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

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

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

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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