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John Passmore AC, 1973

an unknown artist

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 30.9 cm x 22.2 cm, image: 20.1 cm x 14.8 cm)

John Passmore AC (1914-2004) was a philosopher. Born in Manly, Passmore studied under John Anderson at the University of Sydney, where he later taught briefly. In 1948 he went to London where he worked with the leading philosophers, including Karl Popper. Three years later, when he was teaching at Otago, his first major book was published. Some twenty more followed, including the monumental A Hundred Years of Philosophy (1957) and the pioneering Man's Responsibility for Nature (1974). Passmore came to the Australian National University as a Reader in 1955. Professor of Philosophy there from 1958 to 1979, during which time he became a Member or Fellow of a host of international academies, he continued as an Emeritus Professor into his eighties. He was a founding member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1969, becoming its President in 1974. The first volume of his autobiography, Memoirs of a Semi-Detached Australian, was published in 1997.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Mrs Doris Passmore 2003

Accession number: 2003.216

Currently not on display

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Professor John Passmore AC (age 59 in 1973)

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Education and research

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1. Professor John Passmore, 1996. All Robin Wallace-Crabbe, Dianne Fogwell.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.