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

List of famous alumni from University of Adelaide, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from University of Adelaide include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished University of Adelaide alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended University of Adelaide 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 University of Adelaide.

With graduates ranging from Julia Gillard to William Lawrence Bragg, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

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

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William Lawrence Bragg is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Physicist Sir William Lawrence Bragg CH OBE MC FRS was an Australian-born British physicist and X-ray crystallographer, discoverer of the Bragg law of X-ray diffraction, which is basic for the ...more

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Penny Wong is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Penelope Ying-Yen "Penny" Wong is an Australian politician who has represented South Australia in the Senate since 2002, and is the current Leader of the Opposition in the Senate. Wong ...more

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Robert Hill is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Politician Robert Murray Hill AC is a retired Australian politician. He is an Adjunct Professor in Sustainability and Co-Director of the Alliance 21 project at the United States Studies Centre at the ...more

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Don Dunstan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Politician Donald Allan "Don" Dunstan AC, QC was a South Australian politician. He entered politics as the Member for Norwood in 1953, became state Labor leader in 1967, and was Premier of South ...more

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David Chalmers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Professor, Philosopher 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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Margaret Somerville is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Pharmacist, Professor, Law professor Margaret Anne Ganley Somerville, AM, FRSC is the Samuel Gale Professor of Law at McGill University, as well as professor in the university's faculty of medicine and the founding director of the ...more

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Derek Abbott is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Physicist, Electrical engineer, Engineer Derek Abbott is a physicist and electronic engineer. In the 1969-1971 period, he was a boarder at Copthorne Preparatory School, Sussex, UK. During 1971-1978 he attended the Holland Park School ...more

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Cheong Choong Kong is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide 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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Mark Oliphant is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Physicist Sir Marcus "Mark" Laurence Elwin Oliphant AC, KBE, FRS, FAA was an Australian physicist and humanitarian who played an important role in the first experimental demonstration of nuclear ...more

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Howard Florey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Scientist Howard Walter Florey, Baron Florey of Adelaide OM FRS FRCP was an Australian pharmacologist and pathologist who shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945 with Sir Ernst Boris ...more

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Julia Gillard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Politician Julia Eileen Gillard is a former Australian politician who served as the 27th Prime Minister of Australia, and the Australian Labor Party leader from 2010 to 2013. She was the first woman to ...more

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Robin Warren is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Scientist, Physician, Pathologist John Robin Warren AC is an Australian pathologist, Nobel Laureate and researcher who is credited with the 1979 re-discovery of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, together with Barry Marshall.

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Andy Thomas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Astronaut Andrew "Andy" Sydney Withiel Thomas, AO is an Australian-born American aerospace engineer and a NASA astronaut. He became a U.S. citizen in December 1986, hoping to gain entry to ...more

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Rodney Jory is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide 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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Julie Bishop is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Julie Isabel Bishop MP is an Australian politician who has been the Minister for Foreign Affairs since 2013 and the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party since 2007. Bishop grew up in the Adelaide ...more

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Keith Nugent is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide 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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Colin Thiele is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Poet, Educator, Novelist Colin Milton Thiele AC was an Australian author and educator. He was renowned for his award-winning children's fiction, most notably the novels Storm Boy, Blue Fin, the Sun on the Stubble ...more

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Helen Mayo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Physician, Surgeon Helen Mary Mayo, OBE was an Australian medical doctor and medical educator, born and raised in Adelaide. In 1896, she enrolled at the University of Adelaide, where she studied medicine. After ...more

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Ong Teng Cheong is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Politician, Architect Ong Teng Cheong, GCMG, was a Singaporean politician, businessman, and member of the People's Action Party, as the fifth President of Singapore and the first directly elected. He served a ...more

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Shaun Micallef is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter Shaun Patrick Micallef is an Australian actor, comedian and writer. After ten years of working in insurance law as a solicitor in Adelaide, Micallef moved to Melbourne to pursue a full-time ...more

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Simon Birmingham is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Politician Simon John Birmingham, an Australian politician, is a member of the Australian Senate representing South Australia as a member of the Liberal Party since 2007. Birmingham has served in the ...more

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Horton Williams is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Judge, Barrister, Solicitor The Honourable Horton Clement Williams QC is a retired judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia.

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Renfrey Potts is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Mathematician Renfrey Burnard Potts AO, BSc, D Phil, DSc, FAA, FTSE, FACS, FAustMS was an Australian mathematician and is notable for the Potts model and his achievements in: operations research, especially ...more

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Natasha Stott Despoja is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Politician Natasha Jessica Stott Despoja AM is Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls. A former politician and former leader of the Australian Democrats, she was a Democrats senator for South Australia ...more

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David Tonkin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Politician, Physician Dr David Oliver Tonkin AO was the 38th Premier of South Australia, serving from 18 September 1979 to 10 November 1982. He was elected to the House of Assembly seat of Bragg at the 1970 election, ...more

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Linda Kirk is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Politician Linda Jean Kirk is an Australian politician. She was a Labor member of the Australian Senate from 2002 to 2008, representing the state of South Australia.

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John Bannon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Politician John Charles Bannon AO is a former Australian politician. He was the 39th Premier of South Australia, leading the Labor Party to government at the 1982 election. The Bannon Labor government was ...more

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Pru Goward is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Politician Prudence Jane Goward MP, an Australian politician, is the New South Wales Minister for Mental Health, Minister for Medical Research, Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual ...more

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Trevor Marshall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Trevor Marshall Biomedical scientist

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Amanda Vanstone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Politician Amanda Eloise Vanstone is a former Australian politician and a former Ambassador to Italy. She was a Liberal Senator for South Australia from 1984 to 2007, and held several ministerial ...more

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Andrew Southcott is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Politician Andrew John Southcott MP is an Australian politician and medical practitioner. He has been the Liberal Party member for the Australian House of Representatives seat of Boothby, South Australia, ...more

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Ian Sloan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Mathematician Ian Hugh Sloan AO is an Australian applied mathematician. He was educated at the University of Melbourne, University of Adelaide and University College London, where he was supervised by ...more

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Annette Hurley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Annette Hurley Politician Annette Kay Hurley is a former Australian politician. Elected at the 2004 federal election, she was a Labor member of the Australian Senate from July 2005, representing the state of South ...more

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Nick Xenophon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Nicholas "Nick" Xenophon is an independent Senator for South Australia, and leader of the Nick Xenophon Team political party. Xenophon was born in Adelaide, South Australia, to Greek ...more

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Ernie Tuck is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Mathematician Professor Ernest Oliver Tuck BSc, PhD, FAA, FTSE, FACS, FAustMS was an Australian applied mathematician, notable for his sustained work in ship hydrodynamics, and for Tuck's incompressibility ...more

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Sarah Hanson-Young is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Politician Sarah Hanson-Young is an Australian politician.

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Ian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Politician Ian Bonython Cameron Wilson AM, solicitor, company director and Australian politician, was born in Adelaide, South Australia, the son of Sir Keith Wilson, a prominent United Australia Party and ...more

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Bernard Finnigan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Bernard Finnigan Politician Bernard Vincent Finnigan is an Australian politician. He has been a member of the South Australian Legislative Council since 2006. He was elected as a member of the Australian Labor Party, and ...more

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Don Farrell is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Politician Donald Edward Farrell is an Australian politician and former trade union leader. He was a Labor member of the Australian Senate from 2008 to 2014, representing the state of South Australia. ...more

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Philip Nitschke is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Physician Philip Haig Nitschke is an Australian humanist, author and founder and director of the pro-euthanasia group Exit International. He campaigned successfully to have a legal euthanasia law passed ...more

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Abdul Taib Mahmud is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Politician Tun Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib bin Mahmud, the current The Yang di-Pertua Negeri of The State of Sarawak, was the fourth Chief Minister of Sarawak, Finance Minister, and Resource Planning and ...more

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Tony Tan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Mathematician, Politician Tony Tan Keng Yam is the seventh President of Singapore, in office since 2011. He served as a Member of the Singapore Parliament from 1979 to 2006 and held various ministerial portfolios, ...more

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Ross Williams is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Computer scientist Ross Neil Williams is an Australian computer scientist and entrepreneur who has made significant contributions to data compression and data deduplication technologies. He is best known as the ...more

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Grant Chapman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Politician Hedley Grant Pearson Chapman is an Australian politician. Born in Adelaide, South Australia, Chapman was educated at the University of Adelaide and worked as a marketing executive in the oil ...more

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Mark Bishop is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Politician Thomas Mark Bishop, was an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian Senate representing the state of Western Australia from July 1996 until June 2014. He was born in Adelaide, South ...more

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Amanda Rishworth is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Politician, Psychologist Amanda Louise Rishworth is an Australian politician. Rishworth has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives since November 2007, representing the ...more

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Christopher Pyne is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Christopher Maurice Pyne, MP, Australian politician, has been a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives since 13 March 1993, representing the Division of Sturt, South ...more

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Helen Caldicott is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Physician, Actor Helen Mary Caldicott is an Australian physician, author, and anti-nuclear advocate who has founded several associations dedicated to opposing the use of nuclear power, depleted uranium ...more

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Jonathan LaPaglia is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Physician, Actor Jonathan LaPaglia is an Australian actor known for his roles as Frank B. Parker in the television series Seven Days, Kevin Debreno in The District and Det. Tommy McNamara in New York

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Ian Brooker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Adelaide Alumni
Botanist Murray Ian Hill Brooker AM, better known as Ian Brooker, is an Australian botanist. He is widely recognised as the leading authority on the genus Eucalyptus. Ian Brooker was born in Adelaide, ...more