Emeritus Professor George Seddon, AM

George-SeddonBallarat Grammar 1943 – 1945

  • BA (Hons) (University of Melbourne)
  • MSc, PhD (University of Minnesota)
  • Eminent Environmental Scholar
  • Deceased 2007

George Seddon was a man of great erudition, imaginative flair, indefatigable energy, irascible humour and intelligence. Seddon completed his final years of secondary education at Ballarat Grammar and took a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English at the University of Melbourne and gained both a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Geology at the University of Minnesota.

He had a remarkable academic career. Over five decades, he chaired university faculties in four different disciplines, English, Geology, History and Philosophy of Science, and Environmental Science, at universities in Australia and North America. He produced an impressive array of academic papers. His many awards included the Eureka Prize from the Australian Museum in 1995, the Mawson Medal from the Academy of Science in 1996 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Planning Institute of Australia.

A passionate writer and superb stylist, Seddon was author, and co-author or editor of more than 30 books including Searching for the Snowy: an Environmental History; A Sense of Place and The Old Country: Australian Landscapes, Plants and People.

The School was honoured greatly in 2001 when George Seddon, one of Australia’s best known and most revered environmental scholars, opened The Heinz Centre, a highly innovative, environmentally sustainable learning facility for Year 9 students. In 2008, Ballarat Grammar’s Seddon Centre for Senior Students was named in his honour. The portrait of George Seddon by Peter Ciemitis, a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 2007, hangs at the School.