Jake Moses Najman was born on the 17th of August 1946 in Rehau, Germany. Najman undertook his formal studies at the University of New South Wales, receiving First Class Honours for sociology in 1971, before completing his PhD in 1978. Over his career, Najman has since taught extensively in the fields of social research methodology, health inequalities and substance use behaviours. On behalf of TASA, Najman bid for and served as conference organiser for the World Congress of Sociology held in Brisbane in 2002 (which attracted 3000 delegates). He was Head of the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland (1993-2001), and served as editor of the Journal of Sociology (1997-2000). Najman has contributed to the methodology of large-scale longitudinal prospective studies, with his most notable research commitment being a 30 year prospective longitudinal study, named the Mater/University of Queensland Study of Pregnancy. Producing over 200 papers to date, this research is Australia’s only major pre-birth cohort study. Najman’s publications include over 350 research papers and 10 co-authored monographs, for which he has received over 4000 citations. In 2002 he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences of Australia. Since 2001, Najman has been Director of the Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre in the School of Population Health, and Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland. In the latter role he has contributed both to our understanding of licit and illicit drug use and to policy and practice.