List of University of Sydney people

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This is a list of notable staff, graduates and non-graduate former or current students of the University of Sydney.

Alumni or academic[edit]

Government, politics and law[edit]

  • Judge of the United States District Court –


Business and industry[edit]

Science and technology[edit]

  • The Executive Director of IEEE
    • E. James Prendergast – Former Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for DuPont Electronic & Communication Technologies
  • Veterinary and/or Agricultural Scientists
    • Sir Ian Clunies Ross – Chairman Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
    • William Allen CBE – Professor of Equine Reproduction at Cambridge Veterinary School
    • William Beveridge – Professor of Animal Pathology and Director of the Institute of Animal Pathology at Cambridge University from 1947 to 1975
    • Alan Wilton, named as the 1994 Australian Science Communicators Unsung Hero of Science. Whilst not strictly a veterinary scientist, his research identified rogue genes in Australian cattle dogs and Australian stumpy tail cattle dogs. Also identified the genes responsible for CL and TNS afflictions in border collies. He played a leading role in setting up a DNA sequencing facility that ultimately led to the establishment of the Ramaciotti Centre for Gene Function Analysis at the University of NSW.
    • Hugh McLeod Gordon – World renowned Veterinary Parasitologist
    • Dr Ross Perry, Australia’s first registered avian veterinarian, the first to study and name Psittacine Beak and Feather Disease for which he was co-discoverer of viral infection agent[5]
    • Wesley Whitten, veterinary scientist whose research led to breakthroughs in infertility treatment in humans. In 1993 he was awarded the Marshall Medal from the Society for the Study of Fertility and in 1996 the Pioneer Award of the International Society for Embryo Transfer. He discovered the synchronisation of the oestrus cycle of female mice exposed to the pheromones in male mouse urine. It is known as the Whitten effect. He developed the Whitten medium, in use globally, which facilitates culturing mammalian eggs and developing embryos[6]
    • Professor Charles MacKenzie AO, Michigan State University, significant contributor to filarial disease eradication in the peoples of Equatorial Africa[7]
    • Gordon McClymont, agricultural scientist, ecologist, and educationist. Foundation chair of the Department of Rural Science at the University of New England and originator of the term "sustainable agriculture"


  • Professor John Mattick AO FAA, Executive Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Sydney, whose research led to the discovery of the function of Non-coding DNA
  • Professor Alan O. Trounson – President of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)
  • Professor David Hunter – Dean for Academic Affairs, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Professor Dame Valerie Beral AC – (graduated with first-class honours in both medicine and surgery, 1969), epidemiologist, Fellow of the Royal Society, Head of Cancer Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford and Cancer Research UK since 1989, leader of the survey of 1.3 million women that established hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as a major cause of increased breast cancer rates in western nations.[10]
  • Professor Virginia L. Hood – President of American College of Physicians
  • Sir Michael Marmot – President of British Medical Association, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London, has conducted ground-breaking studies into stroke.
  • Sir Archibald Collins, President of British Medical Association in Australia.[11]
  • Sir John Eccles, 1963 Nobel Laureate in Medicine or Physiology "for discoveries concerning the ionic mechanisms involved in excitation and inhibition in the peripheral and central portions of the nerve cell membrane"
  • Sir Bernard Katz, 1970 Nobel Laureate in Medicine or Physiology "for discoveries concerning the humoral transmittors in the nerve terminals and the mechanism for their storage, release and inactivation"
  • Stephen W. Kuffler, "Father of Modern Neuroscience"
  • Professor Maxwell Bennett, who proved that nerve terminals on muscles release transmitter molecules, rather than just the noradrenaline and acetylcholine that were previously known
  • Sir Henry Harris FRS, Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford, who first demonstrated the existence of tumour-suppressing genes.
  • Sir Norman Gregg, identified rubella in early pregnancy as a human teratogen.
  • Professor Jacques Miller FRS, discoverer of the function of the thymus (the last major organ of the human body whose function remained unknown).
  • Sir Brian Windeyer, Vice-Chancellor of London University 1969–72; Professor of Radiology at London University 1942–69.[12]
  • Sir Gustav Nossal FRS, immunologist, discoverer of the so-called "one cell-one antibody" rule, which states that each B lymphocyte, developed in bone marrow, secretes a specific antibody in response to an encounter with a specific foreign antigen.
  • Dr Gerald Lawrie, world-renowned American heart surgeon and pioneer in the surgical treatment of valvular heart disease. On 14 August 2007, Dr. Lawrie performed the first mitral vale repair using the daVinci robotic surgical system using an advanced technique called the American Correction. In 2008, he was appointed the Methodist Hospital Michael E. Debakey Professor of Cardiac Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine.
  • Raymond Dart, an Australian anatomist and anthropologist, best known for his discovery in 1924 of a fossil (first ever found) of Australopithecus africanus (extinct hominid closely related to humans).
  • Dr. Mark C Lidwell, co-inventor of Artificial pacemaker
  • Dr. Edgar H Booth, co-inventor of Artificial pacemaker
  • Professor Graeme Clark FRS, inventor of cochlear ear implant .
  • Professor Colin Sullivan, inventor of the Continuous Positive Airflow Pressure (CPAP) mask
  • Dr. George Kossoff, co-inventor of the first ultrasound scanner
  • Professor Robert Clancy, developer of first oral vaccine for acute bronchitis.
  • Professor John Prineas, discoverer of how brain and spinal cord myelin is destroyed in multiple sclerosis.
  • Professor Donald Metcalf FRS, his research revealed the control of blood cell formation.
  • Dr Anna Donald (1966–2009), pioneer and advocate of evidence-based medicine.
  • Professor Marshall Edwards, the discoverer of maternal hyperthermia as a human teratogen.
  • Dr William McBride, obstetrician, who in 1961 first warned the medical world against thalidomide as a human teratogen.
  • Professor Samy Azer, Professor of Medical Education and International Medical Educator.
  • Dr John Hunter, Challis Professor of Anatomy at age 24 years whose brilliant career, achieving international recognition, was cut short by fever just 2 years later.
  • Dr Victor Chang AC (1936–1991), one of the pioneers of modern heart transplantation
  • Dr Max Lake OAM (1924–2009), Australia's first specialist hand surgeon
  • Dr Nikos Athanasou – Professor of Musculoskeletal Pathology at Oxford University and Greek-Australian novelist
  • Dr John Diamond, developer of Behavioral Kinesiology (now called Life-Energy Analysis), a system based upon Applied Kinesiology, incorporating the emotions.
  • Professor Patrick McGorry, Australian of the Year 2010.
  • Professor Earl Owen, microsurgery pioneer whose institute has trained hundreds of Asian doctors.
  • Wirginia Maixner, director of neurosurgery at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. Graduated from the University of Sydney in 1986.
  • Robert Kavanaugh, dentist and George Cross recipient.
  • Mitchell Notaras, graduate who funded the $1.1 million Mitchel J Notaras Scholarship for Colorectal Medicine at the University of Sydney
  • Professor Geoff White, a world-renowned Australian vascular surgeon who earned global recognition by perfecting new surgical methods and devices that vastly improved the survival rates of patients and replaced intrusive open surgery, sometimes with day procedures.[13]
  • Professor Sir Brian Windeyer Professor of Therapeutic Radiology at Middlesex Hospital Medical School, University of London and Vice-Chancellor of the University of London.
  • Professor Roland Stocker, a prominent scientist in the field of redox biology.
  • June Lascelles, microbiologist, pioneering work in microbial photosynthesis.
  • Dr Marnie Blewitt molecular biologist, prominent scientist in the field of epigenetics.
  • Grace Boelke, general practitioner, one of the first two female graduates in medicine from the University of Sydney.
  • Katie Louisa Ardill, OBE, the first woman to be appointed as a divisional surgeon in New South Wales, and was among the first female doctors when she joined the British Expeditionary Forces in Egypt in 1915
  • Grace Cuthbert-Browne, MBE, doctor and Director of Maternal and Baby Welfare in the New South Wales Department of Public Health from 1937 to 1964
  • Mavis Sweeney (1909 - 23 July 1986), Hospital pharmacist
  • Dr Claudia Bradley, MBE, (1909 - 1967), Pharmacist, paediatrician, orthopaedist

Armed services[edit]

  • Lieutenant General Sir Iven Mackay, outstanding leader of the 6th Australian Division in the Libya Campaign.
  • Lieutenant General Sir Mervyn Brogan, Chief of the General Staff.
  • Lieutenant General James Legge, Chief of the General Staff.
  • Major-General Sir Victor Windeyer.
  • Lieutenant General Sir Carl Jess.
  • Lieutenant General Sir Frank Berryman.
  • Major-General David Engel, Chief of Materiel.
  • Brigadier Sir Frederick Chilton, in his 100th year he led the Sydney Anzac Day March.
  • Major-General Greg Melick.[14]
  • Air Vice Marshal Bruce Short.[15]
  • Major-General Sir Ivan Dougherty.
  • Major-General John Broadbent CBE[16]
  • Major-General Paul Brereton AM RFD, Head Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support Division
  • Major-General W B "Digger" James AC, Director-General of Army Medical Services.
  • Major-General William Watson[disambiguation needed], Director-General of Army Medical Services.
  • Major-General Frederick Maguire, Director-General of Army Medical Services.
  • Captain Gordon King, commando leader awarded the Distinguished Service Order for action at the Battle of Kaiapit.[17]
  • Lieutenant-General Sir Robert Drew, Director-General of Army Medical Services (United Kingdom).
  • Rear-Admiral Alec Doyle, Chief of Construction RAN
  • Rear-Admiral Darryl Lynam, Director General of Fleet Maintenance RAN
  • Air Vice Marshal Ian Esplin DFC, Royal Air Force.
  • Air Vice Marshal Colin Hingston AM[18]
  • Air Vice Marshal David Morgan AO OBE[18]
  • Air Vice Marshal Rodney Noble AO[18]
  • Air Vice Marshal Glen Reed[18]
  • Air Vice Marshal Neil Smith AM MBE[18]
  • Air Vice Marshal Ian Sutherland AO[18]
  • Air Vice Marshal Ernest Hey CB CBE[18]
  • Air Vice Marshal Michael Helsham AO DFC[18]
  • Air Vice Marshal Brian Graf AO[18]
  • Air Vice Marshal Desmond Douglas OBE DFC[18]
  • Air Vice Marshal Joseph Dietz[18]
  • Air Vice Marshal William Collins AO[18]
  • Air Vice Marshal Lyndon Compton AO OBE[18]
  • Air Vice Marshal Christopher Deeble AM CSC[18]

Arts, literature and media[edit]


  • Roman Catholic Bishops
    • Anthony Fisher – Archbishop of Sydney
    • John Satterthwaite – Bishop of Lismore
    • William Wright – Bishop of Maitland-Newcastle
  • Church of England Bishops (Australia)
    • Sir Marcus Loane – Archbishop of Sydney
    • Peter Jensen – Archbishop of Sydney
    • Donald Robinson – Archbishop of Sydney
    • Peter Watson – Archbishop of Melbourne
    • Geoffrey Cranswick – Bishop of Tasmania
    • Ian Shevill – Bishop of Newcastle
    • Arthur Green – Bishop of Ballarat
    • Henry Burgmann – Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn
    • Clive Kerle – Bishop of Armidale
    • Glenn Davies – Bishop of North Sydney
    • Edwin Davidson – Bishop of Gippsland
    • Neville Chynoweth – Bishop of Gippsland
    • Robert Forsyth – Bishop of South Sydney
    • Anthony Howard Nichols – Bishop of North West Australia
    • Leo Ash – Bishop of Rockhampton
    • George Cranswick – Bishop of Gippsland
    • David Garnsey – Bishop of Gippsland
  • Church of England Bishops (International)
    • Dudley Foord – Presiding Bishop of the Church of England in South Africa
    • Eric Gowing – Bishop of Auckland
    • William Hilliard – Bishop of Nelson
    • Neville Langford-Smith – Bishop of Nakuru (Kenya)
    • Henry Newton – Bishop of New Guinea
    • Chen Fah Yong – Assistant Bishop of Sabah[19][20]
    • Edward Wilton – Bishop of Northern Melanesia (New Guinea)
    • George Chambers – First Bishop of Central Tanganyika
  • Coptic Orthodox Bishops
    • Dr. Anba Suriel – Bishop of Melbourne (Coptic Orthodox)


  • Australian Rugby Union Captains (This is not limited to members of the Sydney University Football Club but reflects the scope of the title of the article – University of Sydney people)
  • Chess Player
  • Dual Internationals
  • World Record Holders
    • Jack Metcalfe, Competing on Sydney University Oval on 14 December 1935, Metcalfe set a new world record in the triple jump, leaping 15.78 metres
    • Nigel Barker, he is regarded as holder of Australia's first athletics world record, in the 400 yards.
  • Notable
    • John Treloar, first Australian to reach final of Olympic Games 100 metres sprint
    • Brendon Cook, International race car driver
    • Caitlin De Wit, Wheelchair basketball player




The chancellor is elected by the fellows and presides at Senate meetings. In 1924, the executive position of vice-chancellor was created, and the chancellor ceased to have managerial responsibilities. Until 1860, the chancellor was known as the provost.


The vice-chancellor serves as the chief executive officer of the university, and oversees most of the university's day-to-day operations, with the chancellor serving in a largely ceremonial role. Before 1924, the vice-chancellors were fellows of the university, elected annually by the fellows. Until 1860, the vice-chancellor was known as the vice-provost. Since 1955, the full title has been Vice-Chancellor and Principal.



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  8. ^ Who's Who in Australia 2011 page 996
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  10. ^ Sydney Morning Herald of 14 June 2010
  11. ^ "Obituaries". Canadian Medical Association Journal 73 (5): 418. 1955. PMC 1826314. 
  12. ^ "Who Was Who 1991–95" page 604
  13. ^ Obituary Sydney Morning Herald 6 February 2012
  14. ^ "Who’s Who in Australia 2010" page 1476
  15. ^ "Who’s Who in Australia 2010" page 1947
  16. ^ Obituary in Sydney Morning Herald 16 November 2006
  17. ^ Obituary in Sydney Morning Herald of 15 July 2010
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  21. ^ Ken played exclusively for the Randwick Club but graduated Master of Science from Sydney University
  22. ^ Stirling played exclusively for the Gordon Club but graduated Bachelor of Science from Sydney University
  23. ^ Graduate in Science and Engineering; Played for Sydney University Club but member of Northern Suburbs Club at time of Australian Captaincy
  24. ^ Played for Sydney University Club but member of Randwick Club at time of Australian Captaincy
  25. ^ Captained Australia in non-Test matches in 2009
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  27. ^ Graduated in Arts, played Rugby for Northern Suburbs Club
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  29. ^ Graduated in Law but did not play for any Sydney University Club