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Biographical entry Boyden, Stephen Vickers


Ecologist and Veterinarian


Stephen Boyden graduated in Veterinary Science in London in 1947 and then worked at the University of Cambridge and the Rockefeller Institute in New York. He received his PhD in Immunology from the University of Cambridge in 1951. After a year at the Pasteur Institute in Paris he took charge of the World Health Organization's Tuberculosis Immunisation Research Centre in Copenhagen. From 1960 he worked at the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the Australian National University in Canberra. From 1965 to his official retirement at the end of 1990 he engaged in research and writing in human ecology and human biohistory. In the early 1970s he initiated and directed the Hong Kong Human Ecology Program, which was the first comprehensive ecological study of a city. He was a UNESCO consultant to the Man in the Biosphere Program (1973-1989) and leader of the Fundamental Questions Program at the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, ANU (1988-1990). Boyden is presently a Patron of the Australian National Sustainability Initiative.



1947 -
Career position - Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Science
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed in London
1949 - 1951
Career position - Research Student at the University of Cambridge and Visiting Research Student at Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research in New York
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Cambridge, UK
1951 - 1952
Career position - CNRS Scholar at L'Institut Pasteur in Paris, France
1952 - 1960
Career position - Chief of the Tuberculosis Immunization Research Center of the World Health Organization in Copenhagen, Denmark
1960 - 1963
Career position - Senior Fellow in the Department of Experimental Pathology at John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University in Canberra
1963 - 1965
Career position - Professorial Fellow in Experimental Pathology at John Curtin School of Medical Research
1965 - 1990
Career position - Professorial Fellow in Human Ecology at the Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies at the Australian National University
1966 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1990 -
Award - Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

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  • Boyden, S., Western civilization in biological perspective: patterns in biohistory (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987). Details
  • Boyden, S., Biohistory: the interplay between human society and the biosphere - past and present (Paris: Parthenon/UNESCO, 1992). Details
  • Boyden, S., The biology of civilisation: understanding human culture as a force in nature (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2004). Details
  • Boyden, S.; Millar, S.; Newcombe, K.; O'Neill B., The ecology of a city and its people: the case of Hong Kong (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1981). Details
  • Boyden, Stephen; Dovers, Stephen; Shirlow, Megan, Our Bioshphere Under Threat: Ecological Realities and Australia's Opportunities (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1990), 347 pp. Details

Conference Papers

  • Boyden, S,, 'People and nature; the big picture', in Nature and Society Forum (Canberra: 2005).. Details

Edited Books

  • Boyden, S. ed., The impact of civilisation on the biology of man (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1970). Details

Journal Articles

  • Boyden, S., 'An integrative ecological approach to the study of human settlements', MAB Technical Note, 12 (1979). Details


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