Professor Howard Morphy, Director of the ANU Research School of Humanities and the Arts, has been named as the 2013 Huxley Memorial Medallist by the Royal Anthropological Institute.
The international award is the highest honour bestowed by the prestigious British institute. The award was established in 1900 in memory of Thomas Henry Huxley – the celebrated English biologist and advocate of Darwinian evolution theory – and is awarded annually to an internationally renowned anthropologist.
Professor Morphy says he views the honour as recognition of the importance of his field – the anthropology of art.
“I was somewhat stunned to hear that I had been awarded the Huxley Medal. In particular, it was also a shock to realise that I had reached the age that is a partial qualification!” he said.
As the 2013 Medallist, Professor Morphy will deliver the Huxley Memorial Lecture in Manchester, England in August and a second lecture at the British Museum in November next year. He will speak about his lifetime’s work, which has earned him a reputation as one of the leading authorities on Aboriginal art, land rights and cultural heritage.
Read the College of Arts and Social Sciences news story here.
Previous winners are listed on the Royal Anthropolgical Institute website here.
See Professor Morphy's profile.