Emeritus Professor Roly Sussex OAM
Emeritus Professor Roly Sussex was born in Melbourne in 1945. At various times he has lived in New Zealand, Czechoslovakia and Britain, where he earned a doctorate in Slavonic and General Linguistics in 1971.
He became the foundation Professor of Russian at the University of Melbourne in 1977. He moved to Queensland in 1989 to become Professor of Applied Language Studies at the University of Queensland. He retired from the university in 2010 and is now Emeritus Professor.
Since 1997 Emeritus Professor Sussex has been a regular weekly radio broadcaster on language with the ABC in Queensland, and more recently in South Australia and the Northern Territory. He writes a weekly column on language called The Word for The Courier-Mail.
Since 2009 he has been Chair of the Board of the State Library of Queensland, and since 2010 President of the Alliance Française of Brisbane.
Emeritus Professor Sussex is a committed defender of the English language in Australia, and an energetic campaigner for the study of second languages. He believes that if Australia is to truly realise its national and international potential, all Australians should have a working knowledge of English and at least one other language.
He has been a Queensland Australia Day Ambassador since 2009 and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012.
When Roly is not teaching,doing research, or writing and reading in different languages, he enjoys riding his bike, listening to classical music or workingon his acreage in the western suburbs of Brisbane.