Harry Aveling was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1942. A long time member of the Department of Asian Studies, La Trobe University, Melbourne, he has also taught at various universities in Australia, Malaysia and Indonesia. He has recently served as Visiting Professor of Translation Studies at the University of Indonesia, and as Visiting Professor of Linguistics and Southeast Asian Studies at Ohio University.
Translator of over fifty volumes of Indonesian and Malay Literature, he was awarded the Anugerah Pengembangan Sastra in Kuala Lumpur in 1991, for his contributions to the international recognition of these two literatures. His recent works include Secrets Need Words: Indonesian Poetry 1966-1998 (2001), Life Sentences (2004) and Saint Rosa (2005). His co-translations of eighteenth-century devotional Hindi poetry include The Brightness of Simplicity by Sahajo Bai (2001, with Sudha Joshi) and The Songs of Daya Bai (2005, with Peter Friedlander).