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Department of Linguistics

Vale Professor Christopher N Candlin

Senior Research Professor Emeritus

BA Oxf., MA (Hons) Oxf., MPhil Yale., DipEd(TESOL) Lond., PhD h.c. Jyväskylä, AcSS, FRSA

Christopher N CandlinIt is with great sadness that we report that Emeritus Professor Christopher N. Candlin passed away on 9th May 2015. He was a major force in the field of applied linguistics and instrumental in its establishment as a respected discipline in Australia and worldwide. Throughout his career, his work pursued a greater understanding of the role of language and other forms of communication in a range of social contexts, and on using this understanding to develop solutions to issues in a wide range of areas including language teaching and learning, and professional communication.

His contributions to the field and to society more broadly came through his own research output, his editorship of influential and prestigious book series and journals, his mentorship of PhD students (many of whom are now leaders in the field in their own right), his founding and leading of numerous highly regarded and productive research centres (including the Institute for English Language Education and the Centre for Language in Social Life at the University of Lancaster, and the National Centre for English Language Teaching & Research and the Centre for Language in Social Life at Macquarie University), his development of postgraduate courses which have trained thousands of language teachers and other language professionals internationally, and his own teaching career that spanned almost 50 years.

Chris will also be remembered for his significant service to the academic community as Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK (FRSA), as Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, UK (AcSS), and as President of International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA).

In addition to his contributions to applied linguistics, he made important contributions to Linguistics at Macquarie University. Arriving as Professor and Chair in 1987, he developed and nurtured a department with diverse interests (including applied linguistics, audiology, editing and publishing, speech and hearing sciences, speech pathology, and translation and interpreting).  

As Senior Research Professor, and then Senior Research Professor Emeritus, Chris travelled often, but his energy, his enthusiasm, his voice and his laughter seemed to fill the corridors each time he returned. He was a scholar and teacher with vision, deep and broad understanding, and with a generosity of spirit. He will not be forgotten.