Dr. Gideon Polya
Dr Gideon Polya, a graduate of the University of Tasmania, obtained his PhD from Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. After postdoctoral work at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, he returned to the Australian National University in Canberra as a Queen Elizabeth II Fellow. He recently retired from a Readership at La Trobe University, Melbourne. He has published some 130 academic works in a four-decade scientific career as a biochemist, most recently a pharmacological reference text Biochemical Targets of Plant Bioactive Compounds (Taylor & Francis, New York, 2003). His seminal scientific contribution to political activism is the book, Body Count: Global Avoidable Mortality since 1950 (Melbourne, 2007), a comprehensive compendium of data on worldwide deaths through structural violence.