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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.

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A. Richard Newton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
Died at 56 (1951-2007) Arthur Richard Newton was the dean of the University of California, Berkeley College of Engineering. Newton was educated at the University of Melbourne and received a BE in 1973 and MEng.Sci in ...more

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Aileen Plant is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
Professor Aileen Joy Plant was a leading Australian infectious diseases epidemiologist. She was professor of international health at Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia. ...more

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Alan O. Trounson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
Alan Trounson, PhD, is a biologist and President of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine California's $3 billion stem cell agency. He was previously Professor of Stem Cell Sciences ...more

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Allan Fels is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
Professor Allan Herbert Miller Fels AO 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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Allan Snyder is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 77 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 ...more

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Andrew Blakers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
Andrew Blakers Professor Andrew Blakers, Director of the Australian National University Centre for Sustainable Energy Systems, is involved with the development of Sliver Cell photovoltaic technology which uses ...more

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Andrew Leigh is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 45 Andrew Keith Leigh is an Australian politician and former professor of economics at the Australian National University. He has been a Labor member of the Australian House of Representatives ...more

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Barry Brook is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 44 Barry William Brook is an Australian scientist. He is a professor and Chair of Environmental Sustainability at the University of Tasmania in the Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology. ...more

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Barry Marshall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 66 Barry James Marshall, AC, FRACP, FRS, FAA, DSc 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 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
Brian Burdekin Brian Burdekin is an Australian Professor.

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Brian Morris is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
Brian Morris Brian James Morris is a professor emeritus of molecular medical sciences at the University of Sydney, Australia. His research has mainly been in the field of molecular biology and molecular ...more

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Brian Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 51 Brian Paul Schmidt AC, FRS, FAA is a Distinguished Professor, Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and astrophysicist at The Australian National University's Mount Stromlo Observatory and ...more

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Bryan Gaensler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 44 Bryan Malcolm Gaensler is an Australian astronomer and former Young Australian of the Year, currently based at the University of Toronto. He studies magnetars, supernova remnants and magnetic ...more

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Charles E. M. Pearce is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
Died at 72 (1940-2012) 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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Charlotte Anderson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
Died at 87 (1915-2002) Charlotte Morrisson Anderson AM was an Australian professor of paediatrics and children's health. Anderson was an international pioneer in the field of paediatric gastroenterology, working on ...more

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David Chalmers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 51 David John Chalmers is an Australian philosopher and cognitive scientist specializing in the area of philosophy of mind and philosophy of language. He is Professor of Philosophy and Director of ...more

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David Karoly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 63 David John Karoly is an Australian atmospheric scientist. He is an expert in climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion, and climate variations due to the El Niño-Southern Oscillation. ...more

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David Shallcross is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
David Shallcross David Shallcross is an Australian academic. He was educated at Caulfield Grammar School, before studying for both his Bachelor degree and Ph.D. at the University of Melbourne. He is currently a ...more

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Dean Jaensch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
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 ...more

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Dennis Altman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 74 Dennis Patkin Altman 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 childhood in ...more

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Donald H. Napper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
Donald H. Napper

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Donald Horne is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
Died at 84 (1921-2005) Professor Donald Richmond Horne AO was an Australian journalist, writer, social critic, and academic who became one of Australia's best known public intellectuals, from the 1960s until his ...more

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Doug Hilton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
Doug Hilton age 53 Douglas “Doug” James Hilton PhD FAA is an Australian molecular biologist. He is the Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia and Head of the ...more

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Duncan J. Watts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 47 Duncan James Watts is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, New York City known for his work on small-world networks.

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Dyson Heydon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 75 John Dyson Heydon AC QC is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, the highest court in the Australian court hierarchy.

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Elizabeth Blackburn is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 69 Professor Elizabeth Helen Blackburn, AC, FRS, FAA, FRSN is an Australian-American biological researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, who studies the telomere, a structure at ...more

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Eric Underwood is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
Died at 75 (1905-1980) Eric John Underwood AO, CBE was an Australian scientist who pioneered research into sheep nutrition and wool production.

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Eugene Kamenka is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
Died at 66 (1928-1994) 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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Fiona Stanley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 71 Fiona Juliet Stanley, AC FAA is an Australian epidemiologist noted for her public health work, and her research into child and maternal health, and birth disorders such as cerebral palsy. ...more

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Fiona Wood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 60 Fiona Melanie Wood, AM is a British born plastic surgeon working in Perth, Western Australia. She is the director of the Royal Perth Hospital burns unit and the Western Australia Burns Service. ...more

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Frank Brennan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 64 Frank Tennison Brennan SJ AO is an Australian Jesuit priest, human rights lawyer and academic. He is known for his 1998 involvement in the Wik debate when Paul Keating called him "the ...more

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Frank Fenner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
Died at 96 (1914-2010) Frank John Fenner, AC, CMG, MBE, FRS, FAA was an Australian scientist with a distinguished career in the field of virology. His two greatest achievements are cited as overseeing the eradication ...more

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Fred Hilmer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 73 Professor Frederick George Hilmer AO is an Australian academic and business figure. He was the President and eighth Vice-Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, an appointment he held ...more

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Gail Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 63 Gail Jones is an Australian novelist and academic.

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Gareth Evans is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 73 Gareth John Evans AC, QC, is an Australian international policymaker and former politician. An academic lawyer and barrister by profession, he represented the Australian Labor Party in the ...more

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Gavin Brown is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
Died at 68 (1942-2010) Gavin Brown AO was a Scottish-born mathematician, and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney between 1996 and 2008. After attending secondary school at Madras College in St Andrews, Brown ...more

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Geoff Gallop is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 66 Geoffrey Ian "Geoff" Gallop AC is Professor and Director of the Graduate School of Government at the University of Sydney and chairman of the Australian Republican Movement. He was the ...more

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Geoffrey Blainey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 88 Geoffrey Norman Blainey AC, FAHA, FASSA is a prominent Australian historian, academic, philanthropist and commentator with a wide international audience. He is noted for having written ...more

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George Williams is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 49 George John Williams AO is one of Australia's leading constitutional lawyers and public commentators. Williams is the Anthony Mason Professor of Law and Foundation Director of the Gilbert + ...more

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Germaine Greer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 79 Germaine Greer is an Australian theorist, academic and journalist, who is regarded as having been a major feminist voice of the mid-20th century. She resides in the United Kingdom, where she is ...more

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Gernot Heiser is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 61 Gernot Heiser is a Scientia Professor and the John Lions Chair for operating systems at the University of New South Wales. He is also leader of the Software Systems Research Group at NICTA. In ...more

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Glyn Davis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 58 Glyn Conrad Davis AC is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne.

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Gordon Parker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 76 Gordon Parker is Scientia Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales, specializing in clinical research in mental health in particular depression & bipolar disorder. ...more

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Graeme Clark is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 82 Graeme Milbourne Clark AC is an Australian doctor. He was a key figure in the research and development of the Bionic Ear – a multiple-channel cochlear implant.

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Graeme Turner is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 71 Graeme Turner is an Australian professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Queensland, Federation Fellow, Past President of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, Director of the ...more

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Gregory Craven is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
Gregory Craven age 60 Gregory Craven, an Australian academic, has been the Vice-Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University from January 2008.

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Gustav Nossal is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 86 Sir Gustav Victor Joseph Nossal, AC, CBE is a distinguished Australian research biologist. He is famous for his contributions to the fields of antibody formation and immunological tolerance.

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Haydon Manning is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
Haydon Manning Haydon Manning is an Australian political scientist and Associate Professor with the School of Social and Policy Studies, Dept. of Politics and Public Policy The Flinders University of South ...more

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Henry Harris is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 93 Sir Henry Harris, FRS, FAA was a Russian-born Australian professor of medicine at the University of Oxford, who led pioneering work on cancer and human genetics in the 1960s.

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Henry Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Professors from Australia
age 80 Henry Reynolds FAHA, FASSA is an eminent Australian historian whose primary work has focused on the frontier conflict between European settlers in Australia and indigenous Australians.