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Professor J.A. La Nauze takes up chair in Australian Studies at Harvard University



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An eminent Australian scholar, John Andrew La Nauze, the inaugural appointee to the recently established chair in - Australian Studies at Harvard University, will take up his position from 1 February until 30 May next.

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The Minister for Administrative Services, Senator the Rt. Hon. R.G. Withers, said today that the distinguished academic career of Professor La Nauze, from being a West Australian Rhodes scholar in 1931 to Emeritus Professor of History and Visiting Fellow, Department of Economic History, Research

School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University in 1977, will be further enhanced by this appointment as the first Visiting Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard and, the Minister said, the purpose for which the Chair was established should now get away to a very good start.

Professor Sir David Derham, Vice Chancellor, University of Melbourne, who is also Chairman of the Friends of the Australian Studies Endowment Fund at Harvard, had said that he and his Committee were- delighjted that Harvard had made this appointment.

. Professor La Nauze was Professor of History at the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, from 1966 to 1976 and before that time he had been a Professor in the University of Melbourne, first as Professor of Economic History and then as the Ernest Scott Professor of History.

He has served as a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, as a Commonwealth Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge, and as a Carnegie Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. He received a B.A. from the University of W.A. and M.A. from Oxford University, and a Litt.D. from the University of Melbourne. He is the author of a number of publications about the political economy of Australia, and is distinguished by his definitive work on Alfred Deakin, and his books on the historical aspects

of the making of our federal constitution.

Professor La Nauze, accompanied by Mrs La Nauze, will leave Australia on 25 January to take up his new appointment.

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CANBERRA, 24 January, 1978