The Memoirs Of Zelman Cowen

Zelman Cowen
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Published

1 June 2006

ISBN

9780522852707

Weight

758g

Size

240mm x 161mm

Imprint

Miegunyah Press

The Memoirs Of Zelman Cowen

Zelman Cowen
The Memoirs of Zelman Cowen is his lucid, vivid and engaging account of a remarkable career.

An outstanding scholar and constitutional lawyer, Sir Zelman Cowen was professor and Dean of Melbourne University's law school by the age of 31. He revolutionised legal education in Australia and became one of the nation's best known 'public intellectuals', addressing issues such as capital punishment and republicanism. Keenly aware of social and technological change, he has stimulated debate on many issues, and has always been a vigorous voice for reason and humane values.

These are his absorbing memoirs. They are a personal recollection of an outstanding career, as well as a reflection of twentieth-century history—both Australian and international&mdash:as seen through the eyes of a man at the forefront of Australian public life for more than fifty years.

As a vice-chancellor, Sir Zelman weathered times of turbulent student dissent in the university system during the 1970s. He was appointed Governor-General of Australia in 1977, and in this role brought 'a touch…

An outstanding scholar and constitutional lawyer, Sir Zelman Cowen was professor and Dean of Melbourne University's law school by the age of 31. He revolutionised legal education in Australia and became one of the nation's best known 'public intellectuals', addressing issues such as capital punishment and republicanism. Keenly aware of social and technological change, he has stimulated debate on many issues, and has always been a vigorous voice for reason and humane values.

These are his absorbing memoirs. They are a personal recollection of an outstanding career, as well as a reflection of twentieth-century history—both Australian and international&mdash:as seen through the eyes of a man at the forefront of Australian public life for more than fifty years.

As a vice-chancellor, Sir Zelman weathered times of turbulent student dissent in the university system during the 1970s. He was appointed Governor-General of Australia in 1977, and in this role brought 'a touch of healing' to a nation bitterly divided over the actions of his predecessor, Sir John Kerr. Sir Zelman went on to serve as head of his old Oxford college, Oriel, and as chair of the British Press Council.

Zelman Cowen

Zelman Cowen

Born in St Kilda in 1919, Sir Zelman Cowen's contributions to public life have been many and varied Sir Zelman enjoyed an outstanding student career in Arts and Law, and at 19 became the youngest tutor in the history of Melbourne University. Chosen as Rhodes Scholar for Victoria in 1940, he served in Naval Intelligence during World War II. After the war, as a Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford, he was Vinerian Scholar for 1947,…

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