Australian National University

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National research university in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

About Australian National University

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

According to Wikipedia, The Australian National University is a public research university located in Canberra, the capital of Australia. Its main campus in Acton encompasses seven teaching and research colleges, in addition to several national academies and institutes.

What Is Australian National University Known For?

Australian National University is known for it's academic work in the following disciplines:

Australian National University's Top Areas of Influence With Degrees Offered

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 Anthropology, Political Science, and Earth Sciences. Here are some of Australian National University's most famous alumni:

Lawrence Bragg
Lawrence Bragg
An Australian-born British physicist and X-ray crystallographer.
Rodolfo Llinás
Rodolfo Llinás
A Colombian neuroscientist.
Glyn Davis
An Australian academic.
Colin Groves
Colin Groves
An Australian anthropologist .
Michael Kirby
An Australian jurist and academic.
John Quiggin
John Quiggin
An Australian academic.
Rolf M. Zinkernagel
Rolf M. Zinkernagel
A Swiss immunologist.
Geoffrey Brennan
An Australian philosopher.
John H. Coates
John H. Coates
A Mathematician.
Barry O'Farrell
A 43rd Premier of New South Wales and Minister for Western Sydney 2011–2014.
Hedley Bull
An Australian academic .
Clive Hamilton
Clive Hamilton
An Australian public intellectual.

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