WURMP01 - Wurm, Stephen Adolphe

Date Range19 August 1922 - 2001

Stephen Wurm was appointed Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, Australian National University Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies following his retirement from formal academic career. Professor Wurm pioneered the field study and analysis of the Papuan languages of New Guinea. He was both an outstanding field worker and a leader of research in this field, recruiting colleagues and students to work in what was then an unknown region.

Wurm was master of 40 languages and delegate to national and international committees. His publications included Languages of Australia and Tasmania, 1972, Papuan Languages of Oceania, 1982, Language Atlas Pacific Area, 1983, Language Atlas of China, 1987-90 , Atlas of Languages of Intercultural Communication in the Pacific, Asia and the Americas, 1996 and Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger of Disappearing, 1996.


1945 - 1951Lecturer Altaic Linguistics, Vienna University.
1952 - 1954Linguistic Expert Central Asian Resource Center, London, St Antony's College, Oxford.
1954 - 1956Resident Fellow of Linguistics, University of Sydney.
1962Visiting Lecturer North Western University, USA.
1963General Editor Pacific Linguistic Series
1964Visiting Professor Indiana University.
1967 - 1974Member Council and Executive Council Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies
1967 - 1970President Linguistic Society Australia.
1968Visiting Professor, University of Hawaii
c. 1970 - 1987Head of Department of Linguistics, Australian National University
1975Editor Papuan Languages and the New Guinea Linguistic Scene.
1976 - 1977President Linguistic Society Australia.
1977 - 1997President International Committee of Linguistics 1997 (Executive Council since 1977)
1981 - 1983Editor Language Altas Pacific Area
1983Honorary President International Council of Philosophy and Humanisitic Studies, UNESCO 1997 - (President 1988-1992, Vice-President 1984-1988, Council Member since 1983).
1985 - 1989Member Executive Council Union Academique Internationale (Member since 1985, Delegate since 1979, President until 1989).
1988School Fellow, Research School Asia and Pacific Studies, Australian National University
1990 - 1995Project Director and Senior General Editor, Atlas of Languages for Intercultural Communication in the Pacific Hemisphere.
1992 - World Coordinator Red Book Project Endangered Languages (UNESCO)

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