List of University of Adelaide people

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This is a list of notable alumni and staff associated with the University of Adelaide in Australia.

Chancellors and vice-chancellors[edit]



Appointed Chancellor
1874 Hanson, Sir RichardSir Richard Hanson
1876 Short, AugustusAugustus Short DD
1883 Way, Sir SamuelSir Samuel Way Bart, PC, DCL, LLD
1916 Murray, Sir GeorgeSir George Murray KCMG, BA, LLM
1942 Mitchell, Sir WilliamSir William Mitchell KCMG, DSc, MA [1]
1948 Napier, Sir MellisSir Mellis Napier KCMG, LLD
1961 Ligertwood, Sir GeorgeSir George Ligertwood LLD, BA
1966 Wills, Sir KennethSir Kenneth Wills KBE, MC, KStJ, ED [2]
1968 Bray, John JeffersonJohn Jefferson Bray AC, LLD, DUniv (Adel)
1983 Mitchell, Dame RomaDame Roma Mitchell AC, DBE, CVO, QC, LLB, DUniv (Adel)
1991 Scammell, William FauldingWilliam Faulding Scammell AO, CBE, DUniv (Adel)
1998 Webb, Bruce PhillipBruce Phillip Webb AM, FTSE, MSc, FAusIMM, FIEAust, FAICD
2000 de Crespigny, Robert ChampionRobert Champion de Crespigny AC, DUniv (Adel), BCom (Melb), FCA, FTSE, FAICD, FAusIMM
2004 von Doussa, JohnJohn von Doussa AO, QC
2010 Hill, RobertRobert Hill AC
2014 Scarce, Rear Admiral KevinRear Admiral Kevin Scarce AC, CSC, RANR


Appointed Vice-Chancellor
1874 Short, AugustusAugustus Short DD
1876 Way, Sir SamuelSir Samuel Way Bart, PC, DCL, LLD
1883 Fletcher, WilliamWilliam Fletcher MA
1887 Farr, GeorgeGeorge Farr MA, LLD (Archdeacon of Mt Gambier and the West, Rector of St Luke's, Adelaide.)
1893 Hartley, John AndersonJohn Anderson Hartley BA, BSc
1896 Barlow, WilliamWilliam Barlow CMG, LLD
1915 Murray, Sir GeorgeSir George Murray KCMG, BA, LM
1916 Mitchell, Sir WilliamSir William Mitchell KCMG, MA [1]
1942 Parsons, Sir HerbertSir Herbert Parsons KBE, KC, LLB
1945 Stewart, JohnJohn Stewart CMG, PPhil
1948 Rowe, AlbertAlbert Rowe CBE, BSc, LLD Melb)
1958 Basten, Sir HenrySir Henry Basten CMG, MA, DLitt
1967 Badger, Sir GeoffreySir Geoffrey Badger AO, Ktcr, PhD, DSc, DUniv (Adel), FRSC, FRACI, FTSE, FAA, FACE
1977 Stranks, DonDon Stranks AO, MSc, PhD
1987 Marjoribanks, KevinKevin Marjoribanks BSc, DipEd (UNSW), BA (UNE), MEd (Harvard), PhD (Toronto), FASSA, FACE, FSS (Emeritus Professor 2005)
1994 Brown, GavinGavin Brown MA (StAnd.), PhD (N'cle,UK), FAA (Emeritus Professor 1996)
1997 O'Kane, MaryMary O'Kane BSc (Qld), PhD (ANU), FTSE (Emeritus Professor 2001)
2001 Blake, CliffordClifford Blake AO, PhD (Lond), BSc (Hons) (Syd), DUniv (Charles Sturt), PhD (aeg[3]) (Adel), Hon. DEduc Admin (Syd) (Emeritus Professor, Charles Sturt, 2001)
2002 McWha, James James McWha AO, BSc, BAgr (Hons) (Belfast), PhD (Glasgow), PhD (aeg) (Adel), DSc (hc) (Massey) (Emeritus Professor 2012)
2012 Bebbington, WarrenWarren Bebbington MA, MMus, MPhil, PhD, FMusA

Notable alumni[edit]

Nobel laureates[edit]




National leaders[edit]

South Australian premiers[edit]

South Australian governors[edit]



Judiciary and the law[edit]

  • Richard Blackburn - former Chief Justice of the Australian Capital Territory
  • Catherine Branson - former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission and Justice of the Federal Court of Australia
  • John Bray - Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia, poet and classicist
  • James Crawford - legal academic; Judge of the International Court of Justice (2014)
  • John Doyle - Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia
  • John Finnis - legal scholar and philosopher
  • Elliott Johnston - Communist activist and Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia
  • Len King - South Australian Attorney-General; Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia
  • Chris Kourakis - Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia
  • Bruce Lander - South Australia's first Independent Commissioner Against Corruption
  • George Ligertwood - Judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia
  • Brian Martin - Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory
  • Robin Millhouse – lawyer, politician, Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia; Chief Justice of Kiribati and Nauru
  • Roma Mitchell - lawyer, first female Queen's Counsel in Australia (1962); Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia; first female superior court judge in the British Commonwealth (1965)
  • George Murray - Chief Justice of South Australia
  • Mellis Napier - Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia
  • Geoffrey Reed - Judge in the Supreme Court of South Australia; the first Director-General of ASIO
  • Margaret White - first female judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland


  • Frances Adamson - Australian Ambassador to the People's Republic of China (2011-)
  • Walter Crocker - diplomat and writer
  • Maurice de Rohan – South Australian Agent General in London (1998-2006)
  • Tim George - Australian Ambassador to Mexico (2012-); High Commissioner to Pakistan (2009-2012), Special Coordinator for the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (2006-2009), Ambassador to Israel (2003-2006); Ambassador to Spain (2000-2003)
  • Sim Cheok Lim – Singapore's Ambassador (Non-Resident) to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan[15]


Science and mathematics[edit]



Performing and visual arts[edit]

Media and journalism[edit]


Notable staff[edit]

Nobel laureates[edit]



Natural sciences[edit]







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