- George Seddon
name = George Seddon
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23 April, 1927
9 May, 2007
Fremantle, Western Australia
Fremantle, Western Australia
field = Environmental
University of NSW, University of Melbourne, University of Western Australia
Robin BoydEnvironmental Awards (Three times), 1995 Eureka Prize, 1996 Academy of Science Mawson Medal
George Seddon (
23 April 1927– 9 May 2007) was an Australian academicwho held university chairs in a range of subjects. He wrote popular books on the Australian landscape embracing diverse points of view. He was well known for his book "Sense of Place" (1972) which brought the needs of the fragile Swan Coastal Plainto the attention of the public. [cite web | url = http://www.uwa.edu.au/media/statements/2004/april/george_seddon_recognised_for_extraordinary_career | title = George Seddon Recognised For Extraordinary career | work = University of WA | date = 1 April 2004| accessdate = 2007-05-11]
At the time of his death, he was Senior Honorary Research Fellow English, Communication and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia
Perth, Western Australiaand EmeritusProfessor of Environmental Scienceat the University of Melbourne.
Seddon studied English at the University of Melbourne, and later received an MSc and a PhD in
Geologyat the University of Minnesota. He held the Chair of History and Philosophy of Scienceat the University of NSWand later became Director of the Centre for Environmental Studies and the Dean of Architecture and Planning at Melbourne University. Across five decades he held Chairs in four different disciplines (English, UWA; Geology, Oregon; History and Philosophy of Science, UNSW; Environmental Science, Melbourne) and taught at universities in Lisbon, Toronto, Bologna, Rome, Venice, Minnesotaand Oregon.
Seddon published 217 papers and numerous books, many of which have won awards. These awards include three
Robin BoydEnvironmental Awards, the Eureka Prizefrom the Australian Museumin 1995, for the Snowy book, and the Mawson Medalfrom the Academy of Science, in 1996.
He was an Honorary Fellow of both the
Royal Australian Planning Instituteand the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects; Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering; and an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. In 1998 he became a Member of the Order of Australia; in 2000 he was made an Honorary Doctor of Litterae Humaniores by the University of Western Australia, and in December, a "Festschrift" was organised jointly by ANU, La Trobe, Murdoch and UWA universities, with delegates from other institutions. He was made citizen of the Year in Fremantle for 2001.
Seddon died in his Fremantle home on
9 May 2007. He had a son, Jack and a daughter Polly.
* "Swan River Landscapes" (Perth: University of Western Australia Press. 1970)
* "Sense of Place" (Perth: University of Western Australia Press, 1972)
* "Man and landscape in Australia: towards an ecological vision" (Aust.
UNESCOCommittee for Man and the Biosphere, pub No. 2, Canberra: Australian Government Publishing Service, 1976)
* "A City and Its Setting: Images of Perth." (Fremantle: Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1987)
* "Searching for the Snowy: an Environmental History." (St Leonards, Sydney:
Allen and Unwin, 1994)
* "Swan Song: reflections on Perth and Western Australia 1956 -1995" (Centre for Studies in Australian Literature: University of Western Australia, 1995)
* "Landprints: Reflections on Place and Landscape" (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997)
* "Looking at an Old Suburb: A Walking Guide to Four Blocks of Fremantle" with Barbara Haddy (Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 2000)
* "The Old Country: Australian Landscapes, Plants and People" (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
* "The Australian Back Yard" in "Australian Popular Culture" ed. Ian Craven. (Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 1994)
* "Return to Portugal" in "Best Essays of 1998", edited by Peter Craven (Melbourne: Bookman Press, 1998)
* "Imagining the West" in "Imagining Australia", ed. Silvia Albertazzi, Sheila M. Downing, Monica Turci. (Rome: Vecchiarelli Editore, 1998)
* "Land and Language" in
Meanjin(Issue 58:2, pp 140-152, 1999)
* "Saving the Throwaway River" in "Australian Geograhical Studies" (Issue 37:3, pp 314-321, 1999)
* "Alien Invaders" in "The Mediterranean Garden" (Issue 18: pp 42-45, 1999)
* "The Mediterranean Garden in Australia" in "The Mediterranean Garden" (Issue 17: pp 18-26, 1999)
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