Australian National University
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Australian National University

National research university in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

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

What is Australian National University known for?

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Political Science
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Criminal Justice
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Computer Science
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Religious Studies
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Social Work
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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, Economics, and Political Science. 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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Rolf M. Zinkernagel
Rolf M. Zinkernagel

Swiss immunologist

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Glyn Davis

Australian academic

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Yujin Nagasawa

British philosopher

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Hedley Bull

Australian academic

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Paul E. Griffiths

Australian philosopher of science

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Alan Gilbert

Australian historian

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Colin Groves
Colin Groves

Australian anthropologist

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