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The Bionarrative


First, I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to the students and academic colleagues who shared the experience of developing the discipline and teaching of human ecology and biohistory at The Australian National University (ANU), and who contributed so much to my thinking and enjoyment of life. I am also indebted to my friends in the Nature and Society Forum (now the Frank Fenner Foundation) who, since my retirement at the end of 1990, have been so much a part of my life and whose enthusiasm and creativity have been a constant source of inspiration.

I would also like to mention two individuals who made it all possible: first, the late Leonard Huxley, vice-chancellor of ANU, whose unconventional decision in 1965 allowed me to make a radical change in my field of work at the university; and second, my friend the late Frank Fenner, director of the John Curtin School of Medical Research and later of the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, whose unswerving support over many years enabled us to develop human ecology and biohistory as legitimate areas of study in the university.

I am grateful to the ANU Publication Subsidy Committee for the provision of funding in support of this book.

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