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Professor Iain McCalman Receives Coveted Publishing Award
In a year of great publishing success for the History Department, another academic has received critical recognition for their fascinating work.
Professor Iain McCalmanâ€™s book Darwinâ€™s Armada: How four voyagers to Australasia won the battle for evolution and changed the world (Penguin) has won the 2009 Western Australian Premierâ€™s Book Award for non-fiction.
Western Australian Premier, Colin Barnett, announced Professor McCalmanâ€™s achievement at a ceremony held on September 1.
According to the Award citation, Darwinâ€™s Armada is an â€œabsolutely superb achievementâ€ in its meticulous research, elegant construction and McCalmanâ€™s narrative finesse in animating one of the worldâ€™s most controversial scientific discoveries.
This yearâ€™s competition received a record number of entries as a result of widened eligibility criteria and increased prize money, with 404 entries vying for the coveted award.
McCalmanâ€™s book was shortlisted earlier this year for the 2009 General History Prize in the NSW Premierâ€™s History Awards, which was won by fellow University of Sydney scholar Warwick Anderson for his The Collectors of Lost Souls: turning Kuru scientists into whitemen (John Hopkins University Press).
Darwinâ€™s Armada has been both critically and popularly acclaimed as providing a unique insight into the burgeoning force of Darwinâ€™s revolutionary ideas, with Australasia the scene of many of these groundbreaking discoveries.