Australian National University
#107 Overall Influence

Australian National University

University in Canberra, Australia

Influence Rankings by Discipline

How’s this school influential?

#13 World Rank
Earth Sciences
#46 World Rank
Political Science
#46 World Rank
Economics
#65 World Rank
Anthropology
#75 World Rank
Criminal Justice
#86 World Rank
Biology
#98 World Rank
Computer Science
#103 World Rank
Law
#104 World Rank
Physics
#110 World Rank
Communications
#115 World Rank
Philosophy
#118 World Rank
Religious Studies
#119 World Rank
Chemistry
#129 World Rank
Education
#141 World Rank
Engineering
#146 World Rank
History
#151 World Rank
Mathematics
#164 World Rank
Sociology
#215 World Rank
Medical
#222 World Rank
Business
#231 World Rank
Psychology
#275 World Rank
Literature
#450 World Rank
Social Work
#722 World Rank
Nursing

Influential People

Who are Australian National University's Most influential alumni?

Australian National University's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Earth Sciences, Political Science, and Economics. Australian National University’s most academically influential people include Lawrence Bragg, John Quiggin, and Marcia Langton.

Lawrence Bragg
Lawrence Bragg

Australian-born British physicist and X-ray crystallographer

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John Quiggin
John Quiggin

Australian academic

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Marcia Langton

Australian Aboriginal scholar and activist

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Clive Hamilton
Clive Hamilton

Australian public intellectual

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Dipesh Chakrabarty
Dipesh Chakrabarty

Indian historian

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Yujin Nagasawa

British philosopher

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Rolf M. Zinkernagel
Rolf M. Zinkernagel

Swiss immunologist

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Glyn Davis

Australian academic

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Hedley Bull

Australian academic

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Alan Gilbert

Australian historian

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Stephen Gageler
Stephen Gageler

Judge

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Colin Groves
Colin Groves

Australian anthropologist

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About This School

How does this school stack up?

By James Barham, PhD

Australian National University (ANU) proper dates to 1946, when it was founded by an act of the Australian Parliament in a suburb of Canberra, the capital of Australia.

However, in 1960 ANU merged with Canberra University College, which had been founded in 1929 under the joint auspices of the federal government and the University of Melbourne. After the merger, Canberra University College became ANU’s School of General Studies.

ANU, with a student population of nearly 21,000, is often considered the premier research university in Australia.

ANU is associated with ten Nobel laureates, namely,

  • Physicists, John Cockcroft & Brian Schmidt
  • Chemist, John Pople
  • Pathologist, Howard Florey
  • Immunologists, Rolf Zinkernagel & Peter Doherty
  • Neuroscientist, John Eccles
  • Economists, John Harsanyi, Edward Prescott & Oliver Williamson

Other distinguished ANU-connected individuals include the following:

  • Philosophers, Jeremy Shearmur & Clive Hamilton
  • Mathematicians, Bernhard Neumann, Michael Cowling, John H. Coates, Ross Garnaut & Charles E.M. Pearce
  • Computer scientists, Michael McRobbie, Marcus Hutter & Andrew Tridgell
  • Physicists, Mark Oliphant, Kenneth Baldwin, Ross McKenzie & Murray Batchelor
  • Chemists, Arthur Birch & Denis Evans
  • Neuroscientist, Rodolfo Llinás
  • Virologist, Robert Webster
  • Economists, John G. Crawford, Peter Drysdale, Adrian Pagan, John Quiggin & Rod Sims
  • Historian, Charles Manning Hope Clark
  • Political scientist, Keith Dowding
  • Anthropologist, Derek Freeman
  • Sinologist and essayist Simon Leys (Pierre Ryckmans)
  • Indologist, Arthur L. Basham
  • Actor, Richard Roxburgh
  • Comedian and TV presenter, Hannah Gadsby
  • Journalist, Christine Wallace
  • TV journalist, Rosemary Church
  • US public servant and diplomat, Martin Indyk
  • Former New South Wales Premier, Barry O’Farrell
  • Current Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk
  • Australian High Court Justice, Stephen Gageler
  • Former Australian Prime Ministers, Kevin Rudd and Bob Hawke