Iain McCalman

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Iain McCalman
Native name Iain Duncan McCalman
Born (1947-11-06) 6 November 1947 (age 70)
Nyasaland, Africa
Awards Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (1992)
Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (1992)
Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (1996)
Federation Fellowship (2003)
Officer of the Order of Australia (2007)
Website www.iainmccalman.com
Academic background
Alma mater Australian National University (BA, MA)
Monash University (PhD)
Thesis A Radical Underworld in London: Thomas Evans, Robert Wedderburn, George Cannon and Their Circle, 1800–35 (1984)
Academic work
Institutions University of Sydney
Australian National University
Doctoral students Peter Stanley
Main interests British and European social history

Iain Duncan McCalman AO, FAHA, FASSA (born 6 November 1947) is an Australian historian, and a research professor at the University of Sydney. He is a specialist in eighteenth-century and early-nineteenth British and European history and has a particular interest in popular culture and low life. He was born in Nyasaland, Africa and was educated in Zimbabwe and Australia.


McCalman was President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities from 2001–2004, and is also a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. In 2007 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for "service to history and to the humanities as a teacher, researcher and author, and through administrative, advocacy and advisory roles in academic and public sector organisations."[1]


McCalman's 2003 book, The Seven Ordeals of Count Cagliostro, Flamingo (also HarperCollins, US and Random House, UK 2003), explores the life of the celebrated and infamous alchemist, magician, freemason, and global identity of the eighteenth century, Alessandro Cagliostro.

Darwin's Armada, published in 2009, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, examines the sea voyages of four naturalists, Darwin himself, Joseph Hooker, Thomas Huxley, and Alfred Wallace, and their subsequent roles in the controversy surrounding the publication of On the Origin of Species. It won the 2011 Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Book Prize.[2]

The Reef: A Passionate History: The Great Barrier Reef from Captain Cook to Climate Change was published by Scientific American Books and Penguin (Australia) in 2014.[3][4] The Reef was shortlisted for the 2015 NSW Premier's Literary Awards for non-fiction.[5]

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  1. ^ "Honours List Queen's Birthday 2007" (PDF). Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 27 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "Past Winners of Awards". Australian National Maritime Museum. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "The Reef: A Passionate History: The Great Barrier Reef from Captain Cook to Climate Change". Scientific American. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "The Reef". Penguin Random House Australia. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "2015 Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction". State Library of New South Wales. Retrieved 24 June 2017.