Ohhh. one academic casting nasturtiums about another academic. Who'd have thunk.Ah - I can use Google too...
What is not realised is that Ronald Berndt fabricated a seamless story about his schooling and university attendance in order to establish himself in the discipline of anthropology. It is a narrative of destiny: a precocious boy, his interests not fully appreciated, keen to advance, forced by circumstance (and his father) to undertake ac-counting, but finally finding his vocation and success. It was a fabri-cation that was widely accepted and promulgated by colleagues and acolytes alike. It was designed to deceive.
Actually, not being able to read the whole piece, I think Dr Gray may be simply describing Berndt's unusual route in the academic world.
Does it discredit his work? If so you better write and get it off the Gubby site.