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< p>Continuing our profile series of the fantastic speakers that are lined up for the TEDxSydney 2013 event, meet Law teacher, academic and legal consultant Professor Ron McCallum, 64.

Where do you currently reside? I live in Artarmon, which is a suburb of Sydney.

What’s your definition of adventure? Stepping out of the house without my white cane.

When or where did you learn the most? I learnt the most at two special schools for blind children in Melbourne.

What inspires you? The many students I have taught over 40 years.

What is your definition of perfect happiness? A bath with a cup of tea and the radio.

If you could name one thing you’d like to change about the world, what would it be? Eliminate world hunger.

What is your current state of mind? Calm but fluctuating.

Which historical figure do you most identify with? Early 18th Century blind professor at Cambridge, Nicholas Saunderson.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement? Apart from family, my greatest achievement has been as a law teacher.

How’s your work/ life balance working out for you? My work/life balance has always been hard to manage, but at present it is pretty reasonable.

Do you have a favourite TED talk? If so, by whom and what’s it about? Ray Kurzweil’s “A University for the Coming Singularity” about the future of information technology.

What most excites you about speaking at TEDxSydney 2013? I am excited to have a platform to explain the technology which makes a big difference to my life.

What is most important to you in life? Equanimity, calmness, and meditation.

Have you had a Eureka moment? If so, what was it? Listening to my first talking computer in September 1987.

What do you do to relax? I meditate, read, listen to classical music and walk our dog.

What is your motto? If you want something done, do it yourself.

Member Comments
Jess Noble ~ 28 | Mar | 2013 3:48 AM

A bath with a cup of tea and the radio - i concur