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Robin (Bob) Allenby Gollan - Professor, historian

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Title: Robin (Bob) Allenby Gollan - Professor, historian
Author(s): Gollan, Robin (Bob) Allenby
Fosster, Stephen
Stewart, Peter
Fominas, Nik
Nelson, Diana
Keywords: Robin (Bob) Allenby Gollan
Emeritus Faculty
oral history
Publisher: Canberra, ACT : The Australian National University, Emeritus Faculty Inc.,
Professor Bob Gollan was born in 1917. He studied at the University of Sydney, completing a B.A. (1st class honours) in 1939 and an M.A. (1st class honours) in 1948. He was awarded University Medals for both degrees. After war service with the R.A.A.F. he lectured in history at the Sydney Teachers' College. Apart from a period spent at the London School of Economics on an ANU scholarship, he remained with the College until 1952. In London he was supervised by Professor Laski for his PhD and the degree was awarded in 1951. In 1953 he began a long and distinguished career in the Department of History in the Research School of Social Sciences. In 1957 he was promoted to Fellow, in 1960 to Senior Fellow and in 1970 to Professorial Fellow. He left the department at the end of 1975 to take up a Chair in the History Department of the School of General Studies. This chair was subsequently called the Manning Clark Professor of Australian History. Professor Gollan retired from the university in December 1981 and was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor.


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