Emeritus Professor Kevin Marjoribanks was born in1938 Sydney, Australia.
Marjoribanks was appointed a Professor of Education at the University of Adelaide in 1974, served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Adelaide from 1987 to 1993, and retired as Dean of the School of Education in 2006. His life-long research focused on the analysis of inequalities in education. He was visiting scholar to universities such as the University of Oxford, Stanford University and Harvard University. Foundation Editor of the Oxford Review of Education and Australian Journal of Education.
Emeritus Professor Kevin Marjoribanks was a pre-eminent scholar in the international education community over several decades. He was very productive researcher and scholar and published over 200 scholarly publications in an academic career that spanned nearly 4 decades. He was widely recognised as an authority at the leading edge of knowledge in the field of inequality in education outcomes.
The high esteem in which Kevin Marjoribanks was held within the international and national scholarly community is evidenced by his invitation to Fellowship of four prestigious academies: Royal Statistical Society, London, 1997, The Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, 1982, Australian College of Education, 1983, and The International Academy of Education, 1997, as well as his editorial roles with numerous journals (eg, Foundation Editor, Oxford Review of Education, Editor, Australian Journal of Education, and Associate Editor, Journal of Comparative Family Studies).
He held tertiary institution in high esteem and his stance is best summed up in his own words:
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to ensure that we preserve a community of scholars in which there is the freedom to criticise and the freedom to research and publish without interference from political or commercial interests" and above all, the "freedom to teach in subjects of yet unrecognised importance
Kevin Majoribanks Memorial Lecture by the Faculty of Arts, viewed 15/5/2020 <https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/kevin-marjoribanks-memorial-lecture-tickets-66435439187#>
Alan Russell, 2007, International Education Journal, Kevin Marjoribanks: A life in education in context,vol 8, no.2, pp1-15, Shannon Research Press, viewed 15/5/2020 <https://openjournals.library.sydney.edu.au/index.php/IEJ/article/viewFile/6779/7424>