Professor John C (Jack) Caldwell: Reflections on his legacy

Great scholars inspire through their writings and behaviour

Prof John C (Jack) Caldwell is an Australian and Australian National University treasure.  He has received every award possible for a demographer, recognised by his peers and global institutions.  His academic legacy is massive—developing both the grand theories of population and social change and new methodologies. 

He served as the head of the then Department of Demography at the ANU from 1970 to 1988 and then Director of the Health Transition Centre and Associate Director of the NCEPH until his retirement in 1993. 

Great scholars inspire through their writings and behaviour.  Twenty colleagues from five continents have contributed their testaments of what Jack has meant to him.  This collection describes his indefatigable search for understanding family and social structures, relentless travel and enormous kindness and interest in students, junior researchers and peers.

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