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Famous Professors from Australia

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List of notable or famous professors from Australia, with bios and photos, including the top professors born in Australia and even some popular professors who immigrated to Australia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Australian professors then this list is the perfect resource for you. These professors are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known professor from Australia is included when available.

With people ranging from Geoffrey Blainey to Fiona Stanley, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

This historic professors from Australia list can help answer the questions "Who are some Australian professors of note?" and "Who are the most famous professors from Australia?" These prominent professors of Australia may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Australian professors.

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    A. Richard Newton

    Dec. at 55 (1951-2007)

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Arthur Richard Newton (Melbourne, Australia, 1 July 1951 – 2 January 2007) was the dean of the University of California, Berkeley College of Engineering. Newton was educated at the University of...  more
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    Aileen Joy Plant (died 27 March 2007) was a leading Australian infectious diseases epidemiologist. She was professor of international health at Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western...  more
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    Alan Osborne Trounson (born 16 February 1946) is an Australian embryologist with expertise in stem cell research. Trounson was the President of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine...  more
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    Allan Herbert Miller Fels (born 7 February 1942) is an Australian economist, lawyer and public servant. He was most widely known in his role as chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer...  more
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    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Allan Whitenack Snyder is the director of the Centre for the Mind at the University of Sydney, Australia where he also holds the 150th Anniversary Chair of Science and the Mind. He is a co-founder of...  more
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    Andrew Blakers

    Professor Andrew Blakers, is Director of the Australian National University Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, which employs 60 staff. He is responsible for several innovations in solar energy...  more
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    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    Andrew Keith Leigh (born 3 August 1972) is an Australian politician, author, and former professor of economics at the Australian National University. He has been a Labor member of the Australian...  more
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    Barry William Brook (born 28 February 1974 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian scientist. He is an ARC Australian Laureate Professor and Chair of Environmental Sustainability at the University...  more
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    BirthplaceKalgoorlie, Australia

    Barry James Marshall (born 30 September 1951) is an Australian physician, Nobel Prize Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, and Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the University of Western...  more

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    Brian Burdekin

    Brian Burdekin is an Australian Professor....
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    Brian Morris

    Brian or Bryan Morris may refer to: Brian Morris (biologist) (born 1950), Australian molecular biologist and professor at the University of Sydney Brian Morris, Baron Morris of Castle Morris...  more
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    BirthplaceMissoula, Montana

    Brian Paul Schmidt (born 24 February 1967) is the Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University (ANU). He was previously a Distinguished Professor, Australian Research Council Laureate...  more
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    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    Bryan Malcolm Gaensler (born 1973) is an Australian astronomer and former Young Australian of the Year, currently based at the University of Toronto. He studies magnetars, supernova remnants and...  more
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    Charles E. M. Pearce

    Dec. at 72 (1940-2012)

    BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand

    Charles Edward Miller Pearce (29 March 1940 – 8 June 2012) was a New Zealand/Australian mathematician. At the time of his death on 8 June 2012 he was the (Sir Thomas) Elder Professor of Mathematics...  more
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    Charlotte Anderson

    Dec. at 87 (1915-2002)

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Charlotte Morrison Anderson AM FRACP FRCP FACP FRCPCH (20 March 1915 – 15 April 2002) was an internationally renowned Australian scientist, physician and academic. She pioneered the field of...  more
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    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    David John Chalmers (; born 20 April 1966) is an Australian philosopher and cognitive scientist specializing in the areas of philosophy of mind and philosophy of language. He is Professor of...  more
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    David John Karoly (born 1955) is an Australian atmospheric scientist, currently based at CSIRO. ...  more
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    David Shallcross

    David Shallcross is an Australian academic. He was educated at Caulfield Grammar School, before studying for both his bachelor's degree and Ph.D. at the University of Melbourne. He is currently a...  more
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    Dean Jaensch

    Dean Jaensch is an Australian political scientist and a retired Professor of Political and International Studies at The Flinders University of South Australia. Jaensch was awarded a Bachelor of Arts,...  more
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    BirthplaceSydney, Australia

    Dennis Patkin Altman (born 16 August 1943) is an Australian academic and pioneering gay rights activist. Altman was born in Sydney, New South Wales to Jewish immigrant parents, and spent most of his...  more
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    Donald H. Napper

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    Donald Horne

    Dec. at 83 (1921-2005)

    BirthplaceKogarah, Australia

    Donald Richmond Horne (26 December 1921 – 8 September 2005) was an Australian journalist, writer, social critic, and academic who became one of Australia's best known public intellectuals, from the...  more
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    Doug Hilton

    Age: 57


    Douglas "Doug" James Hilton (born 13 June 1964 in England) is an Australian molecular biologist. He is the Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia...  more
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    BirthplaceGuelph, Canada

    Duncan James Watts (born 1971) is a sociologist and principal researcher at Microsoft Research, New York City known for his work on small-world networks. ...  more
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    BirthplaceOttawa, Canada

    John Dyson Heydon (born 1 March 1943) is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, the highest court in the Australian court hierarchy, who served from 2003 to 2013. A graduate of the...  more