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Male, Beverley (?–1983)

by Marian Sawer

Dr Beverley Male, lecturer in Government at the Faculty of Military Studies, University of New South Wales at Duntroon, died recently as a result of an accident while tending horses.

Dr Male was among the second batch of graduates from the then School of General Studies at ANU, graduating in 1963. She enrolled for a PhD in the Department of International Relations, Research School of Pacific Studies, and wrote a thesis on Pakistan's relations with the Middle East. On gaining her PhD in 1970 she became the first woman to be appointed a lecturer at the Royal Military College, Duntroon.

She maintained her association with the ANU, where she had many friends and served on the governing body of the ANU Staff Centre between 1976 and 1978.

At the same time she was extending her interest in Middle East politics, and designed and introduced courses in this area at Duntroon—among the first at any Australian university. She also helped to found the Australasian Middle Eastern Studies Association in 1980 and was its president from May 1982.*

Throughout her career Dr Male won wide respect for the independence and integrity of her scholarly work and for the courage with which she upheld her scholarly convictions.

* Her book Revolutionary Afghanistan published by Croom Helm in 1982 was a path- breaking contribution to our understanding of Afghanistan.

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Marian Sawer, 'Male, Beverley (?–1983)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 26 November 2020.

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