The legacy of the Melbourne Institute’s inaugural Director professor Ronald Henderson has been commemorated with a prestigious award.
The Melbourne Institute has a long history of studying poverty in Australia – a legacy created by Professor Henderson during his time at the Institute from 1962 to 1979.
His work led to what is widely referred to as the Henderson Poverty Line, which measures the extent of poverty in Australia in terms of the income of families and individuals relative to essential living costs.
Professor Henderson was recognised with a University of Melbourne Award and a bronze plaque installed along Professors Walk on the Parkville campus.
The awards recognise individuals who have made an outstanding and enduring contribution to the University and its scholarly community.
Professor Henderson’s family and friends were present at the unveiling of the plaque.
In February next year, Professor Henderson’s seminal work on poverty will be celebrated with a conference and book revisiting the Henderson Poverty Inquiry.
Registrations are now open for the 2018 Henderson Conference.