Iain McCalman

Iain McCalman

Iain McCalman is a Research Professor in the Department of History at the University of Sydney and co-Director of the Sydney Environment Institute.

His last book, Darwin’s Armada (Penguin, 2009) won three prizes and was the basis of the TV series, Darwin’s Brave New World. His new book, The Reef – A Passionate History, from Captain Cook to Climate Change, will be published by Penguin in Australia in November and by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux in the USA in May 2014.
He was made Officer of the Order of Australia in 2007 for services to history and the humanities.


Iain will be taking part in the following event:

The Reef: A Passionate History
Monday 19 May
4:00-5:00pm
Macleay Museum, Gosper Lane (off Science Road), University of Sydney

The Great Barrier Reef: one of the seven wonders of the world; a majestic reef is so large it can be seen from space; a complex marine system supporting more life than can be imagined. What would a history of such an entity look like? For Professor Iain McCalman the history of reef needed to include its social, cultural and environmental pasts. In this Sydney Writers' Festival talk Iain talks of his strategies for writing his passionate history of this extraordinary marine system through twelve intertwining stories of science, journalism, shipwreck and debate.

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