Patrick Kirch

Professor Patrick Kirch

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Honorary Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2010


Patrick Kirch is the Class of 1954 Professor of Anthropology and Integrative Biology at the University of California (Berkeley). A pre-eminent authority on the archaeological history of Pacific Islands’ peoples, he has researched and published on the archaeology of all parts of the Pacific, covering a broad spectrum from colonisation events to human impacts on island environments, dating protocols, prehistoric subsistence, demography and ritual. He has been elected to the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the Society of Antiquaries of London, among other honours.

Learned Society Fellowships:
US national Academy of Sciences; American Academy of Arts & Sciences; American Association for the Advancement of Science; California Academy of Sciences; American Philosophical Society; The Prehistoric Society (UK)

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.