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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Australian National University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Australian National University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Australian National University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Australian National University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Australian National University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Australian National University.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different graduates, including Kevin Hart and Elissa Sursara.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Australian National University?” and “Which celebrities are Australian National University alumni?”

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Rolf M. Zinkernagel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Professor, Researcher, Immunologist Rolf Martin Zinkernagel AC, FAA is Professor of Experimental Immunology at the University of Zurich. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1996 for the discovery of how the ...more

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Elissa Sursara is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Spokesperson, Model, Conservationist Elissa Sursara is an Australian wildlife expert and journalist. She is a blogger on National Geographic NewsWatch. She is the ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund climate change campaign Earth ...more

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Andrew Barr is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Politician Andrew James Barr is an Australian politician and Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory. He has been an Australian Labor Party member for the seat of Molonglo in the Australian ...more

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John Tarrant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
John Tarrant Poet, Zen master, Writer

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Glyn Davis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
College Administrator, Businessperson, Professor Glyn Conrad Davis AC is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne.

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Andrew Tridgell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Programmer Andrew "Tridge" Tridgell is an Australian computer programmer best known as the author of and contributor to the Samba file server, and co-inventor of the rsync algorithm. He is known ...more

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John Shine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Biochemist, Professor Professor John Shine AO is an Australian biochemist; he discovered the nucleotide sequence, called the Shine-Dalgarno sequence, necessary for the initiation and termination of protein synthesis. ...more

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Diane Bell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Anthropologist, Novelist, Writer Diane Robin Bell is a pioneering Australian feminist anthropologist, author and activist with a particular focus on the Aboriginal people of Australia, Indigenous land rights, human rights, ...more

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Cheong Choong Kong is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Dr. Cheong Choong Kong is the Malaysian-born former Chief Executive Officer of Singapore Airlines. After the collision of Singapore Airlines Flight 006 during take-off, he appeared as the public ...more

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Peter Garrett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Politician, Environmentalist, Musician Peter Robert Garrett AM is an Australian musician, environmentalist, activist and former politician. Garrett was lead singer of the rock band Midnight Oil from 1973 until its disbanding in 2002. ...more

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Genevieve Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Production Designer Genevieve Blanchett is a production designer.

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José Wendell Capili is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Poet, Author, Writer José Wendell Capili is a writer and academic from the Philippines. He earned degrees from the University of Santo Tomas, University of the Philippines Diliman, University of Tokyo, ...more

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Anita Ondine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Film Producer, Writer, Lawyer Anita Ondine Smith is an Australian-British transmedia storyteller.

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Rodolfo Llinás is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Professor, Physician Rodolfo R. Llinás is a Colombian neuroscientist, and currently the Thomas and Suzanne Murphy Professor of Neuroscience and Chairman of the department of Physiology & Neuroscience at ...more

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Peter Gavin Hall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Mathematician, Professor, Researcher Peter Gavin Hall FAA FRS AO is an Australian researcher in probability theory and mathematical statistics. He earned his Doctorate at the University of Oxford in 1976.

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Keith Nugent is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Physicist, Professor Keith Alexander Nugent is an Australian physicist. He is Professor of Physics at the University of Melbourne, Australia specialising in X-ray optics and near-field optics. He was born in Bath, ...more

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Donald Laycock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Linguist, Anthropologist Dr Donald Laycock was an Australian linguist and anthropologist. He is best remembered for his work on the languages of Papua New Guinea.

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Charles E. M. Pearce is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Mathematician, Professor Charles Edward Miller Pearce was a New Zealand/Australian mathematician. At the time of his death on 8 June 2012 he was the Elder Professor of Mathematics at the University of Adelaide.

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John H. Coates is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Mathematician John Henry Coates, FRS is a mathematician who was the Sadleirian Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom from 1986 to 2012.

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Patricia Hewitt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Politician Patricia Hope Hewitt is a British Labour Party politician, who served in the Cabinet until 2007, most recently as Secretary of State for Health. Hewitt's political career began in the 1970s as a ...more

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John Pascoe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
College Administrator, Magistrate John Henry Pascoe, AO, CVO is Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and Deputy Chancellor of the University of New South Wales. Previous positions he has held have included ...more

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Susan Ryan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Politician, Educator, Teacher Susan Maree Ryan AO, an Australian educator, is the Age Discrimination Commissioner, since 2011, within the Australian Human Rights Commission. Ryan has previously served as a Senator for the ...more

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Warren Snowdon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Politician, Teacher Warren Edward Snowdon is an Australian politician. He is a Labor member of the Australian House of Representatives. He represented the Division of Northern Territory from July 1987 to March ...more

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Robert Webster is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Virologist Robert Gordon Webster is an avian influenza expert, who correctly posited that pandemic strains of flu arise from genes in flu virus strains in nonhumans; for example, via a reassortment of ...more

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Rodney Jory is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Physicist Rodney Leonard Jory AM, is an Australian physicist noted for establishing and running the National Youth Science Forum and for his contributions to Australian teams which have competed at the ...more

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Catherine King is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Politician Catherine Fiona King, is an Australian politician, and was the Minister for Regional Australia, Local Government and Territories from July to September 2013. She is a member of the Australian ...more

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Kevin Rudd is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Politician, Diplomat Kevin Michael Rudd is a former Australian politician who was twice Prime Minister of Australia, from 2007 to 2010, and again in 2013. He was the first former prime minister to return to the ...more

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Alan Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Historian, Professor Alan David Gilbert AO was a historian and academic administrator who was until June 2010 the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester. During his tenure as vice-chancellor ...more

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Brendan Shanahan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Journalist, Author Brendan Shanahan is an Australian journalist and author. Shanahan was born in Sydney, but grew up in Canberra, the Australian Capital. He has an honours degree in Art History and Curatorship ...more

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Nicholas Evans is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Linguist, Professor Nicholas Evans is an Australian linguist. Holding a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the Australian National University, he is Head of the Department of Linguistics and Distinguished Professor in the ...more

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Ralph Regenvanu is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Anthropologist, Politician, Artist Ralph John Regenvanu is a ni-Vanuatu anthropologist, artist and politician. He has been a Member of Parliament since September 2008, was a member of Cabinet for most of the period from December ...more

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Kim Edward Beazley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Politician, Teacher Kim Edward Beazley, AO, known as Kim Beazley during his career, Australian politician, was Minister for Education in the government of Gough Whitlam and a Labor member of the Australian House of ...more

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Tam Yiu-chung is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Politician, Trade unionist Tam Yiu-chung, GBS, JP is a member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, representing the New Territories West constituency. He was a member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong from 1997 to ...more

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Chris Heyde is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Statistician Christopher Charles "Chris" Heyde AM was a prominent Australian statistician who did leading research in probability, stochastic processes and statistics. Heyde was a professor at ...more

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Richard Butler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Politician, Diplomat Richard William Butler AC has served as an Australian public servant, a United Nations weapons inspector and the Governor of Tasmania.

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Craig Emerson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Politician, Economist Craig Anthony Emerson is a former Australian politician who represented the House of Representatives seat of Rankin in Queensland for the Australian Labor Party from 1998 until 2013. Emerson was ...more

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William Cheung is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Martial artist William Cheung or Cheung Cheuk Hing, born October, 1940, is a Chinese Wing Chun kung fu practitioner and currently the Grandmaster of his lineage of Wing Chun, entitled Traditional Wing Chun. He ...more

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Bob Hawke is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Politician Robert James Lee "Bob" Hawke AC, GCL is an Australian politician who was the Prime Minister of Australia and the Leader of the Labor Party from 1983 to 1991. After graduating from the ...more

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Thérèse Rein is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Businessperson Thérèse Rein is an Australian entrepreneuse and founder of Ingeus, an international employment and business psychology services company. Rein is the wife of Kevin Rudd, who was the ...more

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David Vernon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Writer David Vernon is an Australian writer and publisher. He has published several books relating to scepticism and childbirth.

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Stephen Conroy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Stephen Conroy Politician Stephen Michael Conroy is an English-born Australian politician and was the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy in the Second Gillard Ministry until his resignation on ...more

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Eugene Kamenka is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Professor, Philosopher Eugene Kamenka was born in Cologne in 1928 and taken to Australia in 1937. He was educated at the Sydney Technical High School, and went on to take first-class honours in philosophy at the ...more

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Gary Humphries is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Politician Gary John Joseph Humphries is a Deputy President of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. He was a member of the Australian Senate representing the Australian Capital Territory for the Liberal ...more

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Ian Cresswell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Composer Ian Cresswell is an Australian composer born in 1968. He obtained Bachelor of Music at the Australian National University in 1996 and Master of Music at the University of Queensland in 2002. ...more

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Alan Griffin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Public Servant, Politician, Union organizer Alan Peter Griffin, an Australian politician, is an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives since March 1993, representing the Division of Corinella between 1993 ...more

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Rosi Braidotti is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Professor, Philosopher Rosi Braidotti is a contemporary philosopher and feminist theoretician.

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Dipesh Chakrabarty is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Historian, Professor, Author Dipesh Chakrabarty is a Bengali historian who has also made contributions to postcolonial theory and subaltern studies.

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Alex Somlyay is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Politician Alexander Michael Somlyay, Australian politician, was a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives from March 1990 to August 2013, representing the Division of Fairfax, ...more

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Don Brash is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Politician, Economist Donald "Don" Thomas Brash, a New Zealand politician, was Leader of the Opposition, parliamentary leader of the National Party from 28 October 2003 to 27 November 2006 and the leader of ...more

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Ross Garnaut is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Australian National University Alumni
Professor, Author, Economist Ross Gregory Garnaut AO is a Distinguished Professor of Economics at the Australian National University and both a Vice-Chancellor's Fellow and Professorial Fellow of Economics at The University ...more