Biographical entry Copland, Douglas Berry (1894 - 1971)


24 February 1894
Otago, New Zealand
27 September 1971
Academic, Diplomat, Economist, Public Servant and Writer of Inscription


Douglas Berry Copland was an academic, economist, public servant and diplomat. Copeland was appointed foundation Sidney Myer Professor of commerce at the University of Melbourne in 1924 and the first Truby Williams professor of economics in 1944. He was seconded to Canberra as Commonwealth prices commissioner (1939-45) and economic consultant to the prime minister (1941-45). In 1946 Copland was appointed Australian minister to China during the waning years of the Kuomintang (Nationalist Party) government. He was appointed the founding vice-chancellor of the Australian National University in 1948 and Australia's high commissioner to Canada in 1953. Copland accepted various teaching roles and directorships including founding principal of the Australian Administrative Staff College at Mount Eliza. He was appointed inaugural chairman of the Australian Productivity Council in 1959.


Harper, Marjorie. Copland, Sir Douglas Berry (1894-1971), Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Published in hard copy 1993, accessed online 4 July 2013.

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