It's interesting how things never change...
|Commemorative plaque to Mr. John Harsanyi (1920–2000) [A]|
Having arrived in Sydney in 1950, Harsanyi studies in his native Hungary were not fully recognized. Newly married, Harsanyi had to work in a factory during the day, and study towards a MA at night, at the University of Sydney.
He received a MA degree from Sydney in 1953 and in 1954 managed to get a teaching position at the University of Queensland.
In 1956, Harsanyi, who was already a published author, was awarded a Rockefeller scholarship. With that support, Harsanyi spent two years in the U.S. at Stanford University, where he wrote a dissertation on game theory, under the supervision of Kenneth Arrow (1972 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences), which earned him a second PhD in Economics.
Returning to Australia, Harsanyi worked for the Australian National University, at Canberra.
However, frustrated with the lack of interest for game theory in Australia, Harsanyi moved to the U.S., where, with the support of Arrow he eventually found a permanent position at the University of California, Berkeley, until his retirement in 1990.
They were not too keen on Harsanyi, and that's how the Australian universities shot themselves in the foot once. Now, the University of Western Sydney could be making the same mistake with Steve Keen and economics.
[A] Commemorative plaque to Mr. John Harsany (1920–2000). Wikipedia.