Ged Martin studied at Cambridge, where he took First Class Honours in History in 1967, and completed his PhD in 1972. He was President of the Cambridge Union Society in 1968, and a Research Fellow of Magdalene College, 1970-72. He spent the next five years as a Research Fellow in History at the Australian National University in Canberra, and in 1977 was appointed to a lectureship at University College Cork.
Director of the Centre of Canadian Studies at the University of Edinburgh from 1983, Ged Martin became a Reader in History in 1994, and in 1996 received the United Kingdom's first permanent Chair in Canadian Studies. He also served from 1993 to 1997 as Deputy Director of the University's International Social Sciences Institute. Since 2001 he has lived in Ireland.
Ged Martin is an Emeritus Professor of the University of Edinburgh. He is also an honorary Adjunct Professor of History at the National University of Ireland Galway, and at the University of the Fraser Valley, British Columbia.
In 2011, Ged Martin was elected to an Honorary Fellowship at Hughes Hall, a graduate College of the University of Cambridge.
Ged Martin has published widely in the history of leading Commonwealth countries, and of Britain and Ireland since the late eighteenth century.
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Offices held and distinctions achieved by Ged Martin include:
1982 Ontario Historical Society, Riddell Prize
1982 Vice-President, Association of Canadian Studies in Ireland
1984 William Evans Visiting Fellow, University of Otago
1986-90 Founding editor, British Journal of Canadian Studies
1988-89 Founding co-editor, British Review of New Zealand Studies
1989 "Noted Scholar", Summer Session, University of British Columbia
1990-92 President, British Association for Canadian Studies
1990 International Council for Canadian Studies Five Continents Award in Canadian Studies
1991 Parnell Centenary Lecturer, Magdalene College, Cambridge
1991 Winthrop Pickard Bell Lecturer, Mount Allison University, New Brunswick
1991-2001 Member, Canada Memorial Scholarship Selection Panel
1992 Prix du Québec for the United Kingdom
1994 Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (retired 2013)
1996 Joanne Goodman Memorial Lecturer, University of Western Ontario
2000 Plenary speaker, British Association for Canadian Studies Conference, Edinburgh
2000 Keynote speaker, Yorkshire Settlers Conference, Sackville, New Brunswick
2001 US lecture tour for World Affairs Council of Greater Cincinnati
2003 Plenary speaker, Association for Canadian Studies Conference "Presence of the Past" (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
2004 Standard Life Visiting Fellow in Canadian Studies, University of Edinburgh
2004 Plenary speaker, British Australian Studies Association Conference, Cardiff
2005 Plenary speaker, joint conference of British Association for Canadian Studies and New Zealand Studies Association, Canterbury, Kent
2006 International Council for Canadian Studies, Pierre Savard Prize for
Past Futures: The Impossible Necessity of History
2009 Member of the Review Team, Department of History and Classics,
University of Alberta
2009 Public Lecture, "Canada and the Gallows", University of the Fraser Valley,
Abbotsford British Columbia
2010 Commemorative speaker, Sir John A. Macdonald Annual Commemoration,
Cataraqui Cemetery, Kingston, Ontario
2010 Commemorative Lecture, Hughes Hall, Cambridge
to mark the College's 125th anniversary
2011 Public Lecture on Charles Stewart Parnell, Magdalene College, Cambridge
2012 Ontario Historical Society, J.J. Talman Award 2011 for
"the best book on Ontario's social, economic, political or cultural history"
(for Favourite Son? John A. Macdonald and the Voters of Kingston, 1841-1891)
2014 Plenary speaker, Canadian Studies Network Conference,
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
2014 W. Stewart MacNutt Memorial Lecture, University of New Brunswick