Fellows recognised in the 2023 King’s Birthday Honours

Congratulations to three of our Fellows for being recognised for their contribution to literature, language and education in the 2023 King’s Birthday Honours list:

Mr Tim John Winton AO FAHA

Tim is one of Australia’s most recognised and prolific novelists and joined the Academy as an Honorary Fellow in 2016. In addition to his novels, he has published several volumes of short stories, plays, and two autobiographical works. His work has been adapted for the stage and screen, including Cloudstreet (2016) and Breath (2017).

Tim was recognised for distinguished service to literature as an author and novelist, to conservation, and to environmental advocacy.

Emeritus Professor Clive Probyn OAM FAHA

Clive is a researcher and teacher on eighteenth-century topics, including West African literature in English (Wole Soyinka in particular), aspects of Australian literature, and cultural theory. He has previously held appointments at the University of Lancaster, and the University of Sokoto, Nigeria and Monash University and has been an Academy Fellow since 1992. 

Clive was recognised for service to tertiary education.

Emeritus Professor Rifaat Yassa Ebied OAM FAHA

Rifaat Ebied has published extensively in the field of Semitic Studies and Arabic, Islamic, Hebrew and Syriac studies. He currently holds a position at the University of Sydney and has been an Academy Fellow since 1982. Among Rifaat’s many achievements was his instrumental role in designing a number of Arabic Courses offered at the High School Certificate (HSC) in New South Wales and nationally.

Rifaat was recognised for service to education, particularly to Semitic studies.

Recognising and celebrating the impact of humanities research is essential if we want to build a better future. Humanities scholars are at the forefront of providing advice to governments. Most recently, it took the form of a rapid research report on artificial intelligence for the Chief Scientist.

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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.