Rhys Isaac

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Isaac in 1983

Rhys Llywelyn Isaac (20 November 1937 – 6 October 2010) was a South African-born Australian historian of American history. Isaac won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for History for his book The Transformation of Virginia, 1740–1790. He is the only Australian historian to win a Pulitzer Prize. In 1963, he moved to Australia, where he taught at the University of Melbourne. He later worked at La Trobe University from 1971 to 1999, where he was Emeritus Professor of American History. In 1975, Isaac was a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Early American History at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, United States.

Isaac was born in Cape Town. His twin brother, Glynn, was an archaeologist. His parents, William Edwyn Isaac and Frances Margaret Leighton, were botanists.

On 6 October 2010, Isaac died of cancer in Blairgowrie, Victoria. He was 72.[1]

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  1. "Former history professor Rhys Isaac dead at 72". College of William & Mary. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 3 October 2020.