Martin Thomas is a cultural historian and broadcaster. As an interviewer, he contributes to the Oral History and Folklore Program of the National Library of Australia. Based in Canberra, he is an Australian Research Council Fellow at the Australian National University, but he spends part of each year in Arnhem Land. He has written or edited six books, including The Many Worlds of R. H. Mathews: In Search of an Australian Anthropologist, winner of the 2012 National Biography Award. Having made documentaries for radio for more than twenty years, he is now working on his first film, an investigation of the removal of human remains from Aboriginal mortuary sites during the American–Australian Scientific Expedition in 1948. He was the winner of the 2013 Calibre Prize for an Outstanding Essay.