Ed Byrne (academic)
AC, BMedSc, MB BS, MD, MBA, DSc, DipClinSc, FTSE, FRACP, FRCPE, FRCP
|20th Principal of King's College London|
|Preceded by||Sir Rick Trainor|
|Born||15 February 1952 (age 64)|
|Alma mater||University of Tasmania
University of Queensland
University of Melbourne
University of Adelaide
Edward Byrne AC (born 15 February 1952) is a neuroscientist and university administrator currently serving as Principal of King's College London, having previously served as Vice-Chancellor of Monash University.
Early life and education
Byrne grew up in northeast England, the son of a GP, and moved to Australia at the age of 15. He studied medicine at the University of Tasmania, graduating with a Bachelor of Medical Science in 1971; Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees (with First Class Honours) in 1974; and a Doctor of Medicine in 1982. Byrne also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Queensland, a Diploma in Clinical Science from the University of Adelaide and a Doctor of Science from the University of Melbourne.
Byrne is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Physicians of London, the American Academy of Neurology and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, and a Senior Fellow of the American Neurological Association.
Byrne's career in neuroscience combined prominent work as both a researcher and clinician. His career began in Adelaide, South Australia, as Neurology Registrar at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in 1978. In 1979, he left Australia to undertake a research fellowship in clinical neurology in London.
In 1993, he became Founding Director of the Melbourne Neuromuscular Research Unit and later the Centre for Neuroscience, going on to become Professor of Clinical Neurology in 1992 and Experimental Neurology at the University of Melbourne in 2001.
Byrne first came to Monash University in 2003, when he was made Dean of its Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, a role he held until 2007.
He then returned to the UK, where he became Vice-Provost (Health) at University College London (initially serving as Dean of its Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and Head of its School of Medicine).
In 2009, Monash University announced that Byrne would replace Richard Larkins, its outgoing Vice-Chancellor. Immediately upon his appointment, Byrne undertook a restructuring of the University's management and administration, placing the ten faculties into four "clusters". The aim of this was to encourage inter-disciplinary collaboration and reduce duplication across faculties (cutting administrative costs). Byrne has stated that, in his term as Vice-Chancellor, he wants Monash to consolidate and increase the research output of its international campuses in Malaysia and South Africa, and its graduate academy in India, tapping into regional research funding. He has led the establishment of the Monash campus in Suzhou, China in collaboration with South East University, championed close links with Peking University and led a global alliance between Monash and Warwick universities with Nigel Thrift. In his time as vice-chancellor, Monash University has consolidated a position as a top 100 research university. Monash's engagement in South Africa has been strengthened by a partnership with the Laureate group.
In September 2014, Byrne was appointed Principal and President of King's College London. He has launched a number of transformation initiatives under the banner of a 'King's Futures' change programme with the stated aim of securing a sustained position for King's as a top 20 global university by the end of the decade. He has focused particular attention on growing international student numbers and increasing the scale of King's research and educational activities in the area of natural and technological sciences and business and management studies.
In addition to his role in universities and medical research, Byrne has served on the boards of various commercial biomedical enterprises, including Cochlear and BUPA. Byrne is a member of the Patrons Council of the Epilepsy Foundation of Victoria.
On 26 January 2006, Byrne was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to neurology as a clinician and academic and to advances in medical research, particularly in the area of mitochondrial muscle disease.
On 26 January 2014, Byrne was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to tertiary education, particularly through leadership and governance roles with Monash University, to biomedical teaching and research, as a scientist and academic mentor, and as a contributor to improved global health.
Byrne was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science by the University of Warwick in July 2013, and an Honorary Doctor of Medicine by the University of Adelaide in August 2014. He is also a recipient of the Queens Square Prize for Neurological Research of the UCL Institute of Neurology and is an Emeritus Professor of Monash University.
- Monash University – Profile of Professor Ed Byrne
- King's College London – College appoints Byrne as new Principal
- Dean of the UCL Faculty of Biomedical Sciences appointed
- "Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)". It's an Honour. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 26 January 2006. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
- New chief Ed Byrne wants Monash University on regional map - | STUDY Now Australia
- Softly spoken Byrne aims to be a loud Monash voice
- "Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)" (PDF). Governor-General of Australia. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2014.
Sir Rick Trainor
|Principal of King's College London
|Vice-Chancellor of Monash University