Past Award Finalists and Recipients
Senior Australian of the Year
State Finalist Senior Australian of the Year 2010
Professor Geoffrey Blainey AC
Historian and commentator
Professor Geoffrey Blainey is one of Australia’s most pre-eminent historians. A social and economic historian, his book on the effect of isolation on Australia, The Tyranny of Distance, gave the term international currency. He has published more than 32 books, including A Short History of the World, Triumph of the Nomads, The Causes of War, and A Shorter History of Australia. His literary prizes include the 1988 Britannica Award, the world’s major award for the dissemination of knowledge. He is equally well-known as a social commentator whose penetrating and often provocative statements have stirred national debate.
Professor Blainey was professor of Economic History at the University of Melbourne, Ernest Scott professor of History, and is now Professor Emeritus. He was also inaugural chancellor of the University of Ballarat, and in the early 1980s he was visiting professor of Australian Studies at Harvard University. Professor Blainey has now been writing about Australian history for more than 50 years.