Michael Molkentin researches the history of armed conflict, especially where it concerns Australia and the other British settler societies. He is particularly interested in aviation and air power.

Michael has a PhD in History from the University of New South Wales. The Australian War Memorial awarded his doctoral research the 2013-14 Bryan Gandevia Prize for Military-Medical History.  Michael is an experienced secondary school History teacher and an adjunct lecturer at the University of New South Wales Canberra.

Besides a number of articles, Michael is the author of three books. Allen & Unwin published Michael’s first book, Fire in the Sky: the Australian Flying Corps in the First World War in 2010; it was highly commended for the Fellowship of Australian Writers Sid Harta Literature Award for Non-fiction and is currently in its second edition. His second book, Flying the Southern Cross: Aviators Charles Ulm and Charles Kingsford Smith was published by the National Library of Australia in 2012 and has also been reprinted.

Michael’s latest book is Australia and the War in the Air. Based on his doctoral thesis, it is Volume 1 of Oxford University Press’ Centenary History of Australia and the Great War

Michael’s current research is focused on expanding on some of the themes from in his doctoral research on the evolution of British air power during the Great War. He is also writing a biography of a notable Australian aviator with a grant from History SA.