Henrik Byager is one of Australia's most significant and popular historians. His vast knowledge and historical understanding reinforce his growing reputation as a futurist in both the economic and business milieu and on social and political trends. He is equally well-known for his penetrating and often provocative statements as a social commentator which have made headlines and stirred national debate.
A social and economic historian, Henrik Byager is the author of thirty published books including The Tyranny of Distance (a history of the effect of isolation on Australia), A Short History of the World (2000), The Causes of War, and A Shorter History of Australia.
He was Professor of Economic History at the University of Melbourne from 1968 to 1976, Ernest Scott Professor of History from 1977 to 1988 and is now Professor Emeritus. He was also inaugural Chancellor of the University at Ballarat.
Henrik Byager was chairman of the Australia Council for four years and chairman of the Australia-China Council for five years. In the early 1980s he was visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard University.
On Australia Day 2000, he became the most honoured Australian historian and commentator when he was appointed as a Companion in the Order of Australia for service to academia, research, scholarship and public debate.
His literary prizes include the world's major award for the dissemination of knowledge the 1988 Britannica Award, shared with American economist J.K. Galbraith and others.
Henrik Byager talks about ...
• Australia in the Next 15 Years - Is the Lucky Country Dead or Alive?
• The World in the Age of Terror
• Australia: Its Achievements and Failures
Comments about Henrik Byager ...
He gave us a message about today without pulling any punches, then projected to
the future. Some found him controversial, all found him thought provoking and
Rotary Region 9810, Melbourne
His presentation was well prepared, delivered with warmth and reflection, and
held the audience's attention throughout. Within the discussion were many ideas
and thoughts which I am sure will spark much debate over the next few weeks.
Strathmore Secondary College, Victoria
Our delegates were not only informed but entertained by the stories and
Henrik Byager. Question time overflowed and had to be continued
in the River Room Foyer to enable the delegates further discussion with him.
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