Alec Lazenby

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Professor
Alec Lazenby
AO
Born 1927 (age 87–88)
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Occupation Academic, writer
Known for Vice-Chancellor of the University of New England
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania

Alec Lazenby AO (born 1927)[1] is an academic who has held positions at the University of Cambridge, University of New England, University of Tasmania, the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research and the Welsh Plant Breeding Station. Lazenby served as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of New England from 1970 to 1977, and the University of Tasmania from 1982 to 1991.

Early life and career[edit]

Lazenby was born in the United Kingdom, graduated from the University of Cambridge and both lectured and demonstrated there before moving to Armidale, New South Wales, Australia.[2][3]

University of New England[edit]

Lazenby was appointed the foundation Professor of Agronomy and head of the Department of Agronomy in February 1965 before being appointed the university's third Vice-Chancellor in 1970.[2][4] He was appointed an emeritus professor when his term as Vice-Chancellor ended in 1977.[2][5] During his time as Vice-Chancellor, Lazenby lived in the Vice-Chancellor's official residence "Trevenna".

In 1971, he strongly supported an amalgamation of the University of New England and the Armidale Teachers' College. In June 1971 he asked the Academic Planning Committee to comment on the possible amalgamation because he believed "Armidale was too small for two independent tertiary institutions."[6] However the suggested amalgamation was opposed by the staff of both institutions and was eventually overturned by the Hawke Government when it took office in 1983.[6]

Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research[edit]

Lazenby moved back to the UK in 1977 and took up a position as the Director of the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research.[3]

Return to Australia[edit]

Lazenby returned to Australia in early 1982 as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania.[7] He held the position until 1991.[8]

In 1985 then Federal Minister for Primary Industry John Kerin asked him to investigate the introduction of plant breeders' rights legislation, which was enacted in 1987.[7]

Honours and recognition[edit]

Lazenby was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 1988 New Year's Day Honours; the citation was "for service to learning".[9] Lazenby also received the Centenary Medal in the 2001 New Year's Honours "for service to Australian society in rural science and technology".[10]

Bibliography[edit]

Lazenby has written and co-written a number of books on the topics such as agriculture and agronomy. The following bibliography contains some of Lazenby's writings:

  • Lazenby, Alec (1985). The potential of the new species and varieties of pasture plants. Hobart, Tasmania: University of Tasmania. 
  • Lazenby, Alec; Blight, Denis (1999). Thirty years in international education and development: The IDP story. IDP Education Australia. ISBN 0864030223. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Library of Australia. "Lazenby, Alec (1927–)". Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Jordan, Matthew (2004). A spirit of true learning: The jubilee history of the University of New England. Sydney: UNSW Press. p. 95. ISBN 0868406635. 
  3. ^ a b Lazenby, Alec (2002). "Leadership, management and training in grassland research: some personal experiences and impressions" 32 (1). Spanish Society for the Study of Pastures. p. 4. 
  4. ^ Jordan, Matthew (2004). A spirit of true learning: The jubilee history of the University of New England. Sydney: UNSW Press. p. 156. ISBN 0868406635. 
  5. ^ Council Services Unit (September 2011). "Emeritus professor appointments" (PDF). University of New England. Retrieved 27 November 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Jordan, Matthew (2004). A spirit of true learning: The jubilee history of the University of New England. Sydney: UNSW Press. pp. 212–215. ISBN 0868406635. 
  7. ^ a b Lazenby, Alec (2002). "Leadership, management and training in grassland research: some personal experiences and impressions" 32 (1). Spanish Society for the Study of Pastures. p. 30. 
  8. ^ "Great figure in UTAS history revisits a fondly remembered campus institution". University of Tasmania. 16 August 2012. Retrieved 2 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) entry for Alec Lazenby, Canberra, Australia: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/honour_roll/search.cfm?aus_award_id=881238&showInd=true. Retrieved 27 November 2013, "AO AD88. For service to learning" 
  10. ^ Centenary Medal entry for Alec Lazenby, Canberra, Australia: Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/honours/honour_roll/search.cfm?aus_award_id=1127794&showInd=true. Retrieved 27 November 2013, "For service to Australian society in rural science and technology" 

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