Golden Graduate profiles

The success of ANU starts with our alumni. Our Golden Graduates – our historians and torch bearers – are a direct reflection of our University’s standing as one of the best education and research institution in the world. Many have gone on to prominence. They have made – and continue to make – their marks and achieve excellence in a variety of fields such as business, medicine, arts, and the government.?

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Helen Musa

Helen Musa OAM »

Helen Musa is an art journalist and critic. She is currently the arts editor for the Canberra CityNews magazine. Over the years, Helen has worked tirelessly in the arts space. She studied at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and started...
Malcolm Gillies

Emeritus Professor Malcolm Gillies AM »

I'm here and I'm going to make this work Entering his room in Bruce Hall was a life-changing moment for young Malcolm Gillies. As a proud Canberran, he had achieved a vital dream. "I have a very happy memory of walking into W23 in Bruce Hall,...
Beris Gwynne

Beris Gwynne »

Beris began her career with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs serving in Vietnam, Poland, Mexico and Nauru. In 1989, she joined the Australian International Development Agency, leaving to take up a senior position with World Vision...
Datuk Dr Paul Chan

Datuk Dr Paul Chan »

Datuk Dr Paul Chan has overcome the constraints of his circumstances to become a pioneer of private tertiary education for disadvantaged people in Malaysia. Paul founded the HELP (Higher Education Learning Philosophy) Group that now has more than...
Lieutenant General David Morrison AM (Retd.)

Lieutenant General David Morrison AO (Retd.) »

Lieutenant General David Morrison concluded his appointment as Australia's Chief of Army in May 2015. David joined the Army after completing his Bachelor of Arts at ANU and, during a 36-year career as a soldier, he saw operational service in...
Professor Rodolfo Llinas

Professor Rodolfo Llinas »

The work of Rodolfo Llinas has shaped our understanding of neuroscience and our brains for more than five decades. He is known worldwide for his academic understanding of how the human brain works. Rodolfo's contribution to the field of...
Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Minchin

Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Minchin »

Bringing the classics to life at ANU has been a lifelong passion for Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Minchin. Elizabeth has been a part of the ANU community since receiving her undergraduate degree in 1978. She has held many roles as a teacher,...
Professor Brij Lal AM

Professor Brij Vilash Lal AM »

ANU Professor Brij Lal, PhD '81 was appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in the 2015 Queen's Birthdays Honours List, for his significant service to education, the teaching of Pacific history and its preservation, for scholarship and for...
Russell Taylor AM

Russell Charles Taylor AM »

Mr Russell Charles Taylor was appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in the 2015 Queen's Birthdays Honours, for his significant service to the community as a cultural leader and public sector executive in the field of Indigenous affairs....
Mr Graeme John Neate AM

Mr Graeme John Neate AM »

Mr Graeme Neate was appointed a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours, for his significant service to the law as a leading contributor to Indigenous land rights, and to legal education. Currently the Commissioner...
David Buckingham

David Anthony Buckingham »

Alumnus David Buckingham was awarded the Order of Australia, the nominations for which come directly from the community and is awarded for oustanding acheivement and service. David boasts a diverse resume. Internationally, he served as Vitoria's...
Dr Noel Barnard

Dr Noel Barnard »

Born in New Zealand on 1922, Noel completed his undergraduate studies in History and Geography at Victoria University of Wellington. He then moved to Sydney and was awarded one of the first PhD scholarships offered by the Australian National...
Picture of Professor Paul Sanberg

Professor Paul Sanberg »

With a blend of high impact scientific contributions, success in commercialising biotechnology inventions and effective direction on an international level, Dr Paul Sanberg is a stand-out leader. As Senior Vice-President for Research, Innovation...
Picture of Professor Howard Morphy

Professor Howard Morphy »

Over the past 40 years, Aboriginal art has gained recognition as one of the world's most dynamic, diverse and enduring traditions. Through his research, Professor Howard Morphy has made a significant contribution to the reception, recognition and...
Paul Hohnen

Paul Hohnen »

When were you a student and what did you study? I did the combined Arts/Law degrees, commencing straight from school in 1969 and finishing in 1973.? On the law side, I ended up specializing in international law, working under the late and great Jack...
Dr Paul Paterson

Dr Paul Paterson »

What attracted you to ANU?? The initial attraction of ANU was its high quality Master of Economics by coursework, with exceptional lecturers including John Niland (labour economics), Stephen Turnovsky (macroeconomics), Bob Gregory (course convenor)...
Andrew Pike

Andrew Pike OAM »

"I originally wanted to study film, so I did the closest I could do: English and History,” says Andrew Pike, now Managing Director of Ronin Films and founder of Electric Shadows Cinema. "But really, my training and university experience was a...
Dr Richard Barwick

Dr Richard Barwick »

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Richard Barwick (1929-2012) enjoyed a long and event-filled career built on his love for nature and the outdoors. Richard spent most of his career as a vertebrate zoologist, paleontologist, Antarctic explorer and...
Megan Stoyles

Megan Stoyles »

Pete Hamill wrote for the New York Post: "The girl's name was Megan Stoyles and she had a marvellous chest bouncing beneath a white tee-shirt with the words Make Love Not War stencilled across the front. In about 13 seconds she had attracted half...
Jennie Cameron

Jennie Cameron AM »

The student experience is not uniform, nor is it one size fits all. Jennie Cameron started at the University in 1986 as a mature aged student. “I was married shortly after arriving at the ANU – and that was interesting in the context of Canberra at...

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