University of Melbourne
#93 Overall Influence

University of Melbourne

Australian public university located in Melbourne, Victoria

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    By James Barham, PhD

    The University of Melbourne is a public research university founded in 1853, the second-oldest institution of higher learning in Australia.

    The founding of the university by the State of Victoria was facilitated by the discovery of gold in 1851, and the ensuing “Victorian Gold Rush.”

    In some years, the Victorian gold fields were second in output worldwide only to California’s. Hence, the State of Victoria became quite prosperous, attracting immigrants from all over the world. The state-financed University of Melbourne also grew quickly and soon achieved a remarkable degree of academic excellence.

    In 1857, a Law School was opened; in 1861, a Faculty of Engineering; and in 1862, a School of Medicine.

    Today, Melbourne comprises seven campuses, with a total student body numbering about 52,000. With an endowment of approximately A$1.3 billion, Melbourne remains the wealthiest university in Australia.

    Melbourne is associated with seven Nobel laureates, namely:

    • Bacterial geneticist, Joshua Lederberg
    • Molecular biologist, Elizabeth Blackburn
    • Neuroscientist, John Eccles
    • Immunologists, Macfarlane Burnet & Peter Doherty
    • Economists, James Mirrlees & Clive Granger

    Other Melbourne–linked individuals include the following:

    • Philosophers Samuel Alexander, Peter Singer, Frank Jackson, Graham Priest, Graham Oppy, Brian O’Shaughnessy & David Oderberg
    • Mathematicians, Keith Briggs, Jonathan Pila, Ian Sloan, Danny Calegari, Edward Nanson, Joachim Rubinstein, Brendan McKay & Alison Harcourt
    • Computer scientists, Andrew Freeman & Samuel Braunstein
    • Painter, Lewis Miller
    • Popular singer and songwriter, Judith Durham
    • Film directors, Gillian Armstrong & George Miller
    • Actors, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Isabel Lucas, Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Clarke & Nadia Townsend
    • Comedians, Hamish Blake & Andy Lee
    • Feminist activist and essayist, Germaine Greer
    • Architect, Roy Grounds
    • Roman Catholic Cardinal, George Pell
    • Astronomers, Fulvio Melia & Wilbur Christiansen
    • Physicists, Leslie Martin, Kerr Grant, Richard Dalitz, Helen Quinn, Harry Massie & Peter Hannaford
    • Chemists, Norman Greenwood & Andrew Holmes
    • Geologists, Martin Glaessner & Ted Ringwood
    • Immunologist, Ian Frazer
    • Endocrinologist, Richard Pestell
    • Journalist and TV personality, Emma Alberici
    • Economists, Lisa Cameron & William F. Mitchell
    • Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange
    • International law and diplomacy scholar, Helen Durham
    • General John Monash
    • Former Australian Prime Ministers, Alfred Deakin, Robert Menzies & Julia Gillard

    What is University of Melbourne known for?

    #30 World Rank
    Earth Sciences
    #40 World Rank
    Medical
    #50 World Rank
    Education
    #65 World Rank
    Nursing
    #68 World Rank
    Biology
    #70 World Rank
    Communications
    #80 World Rank
    Law
    #81 World Rank
    History
    #85 World Rank
    Criminal Justice
    #100 World Rank
    Social Work
    #107 World Rank
    Engineering
    #108 World Rank
    Literature
    #119 World Rank
    Computer Science
    #131 World Rank
    Philosophy
    #134 World Rank
    Mathematics
    #142 World Rank
    Economics
    #144 World Rank
    Sociology
    #148 World Rank
    Political Science
    #160 World Rank
    Chemistry
    #161 World Rank
    Business
    #168 World Rank
    Physics
    #246 World Rank
    Anthropology
    #255 World Rank
    Psychology
    #343 World Rank
    Religious Studies

    Influential People

    Who are University of Melbourne's Most influential alumni?

    University of Melbourne's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Earth Sciences, Medical, and Education. University of Melbourne’s most academically influential people include Julian Assange, Germaine Greer, and Elizabeth Blackburn.

    Julian Assange
    Julian Assange

    Australian editor, activist, publisher and journalist

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    Germaine Greer
    Germaine Greer

    Australian writer and public intellectual

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    Elizabeth Blackburn
    Elizabeth Blackburn

    Australian-born American biological researcher

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    Geoffrey Blainey

    Australian historian

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    Helen Garner
    Helen Garner

    Australian author

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    Raewyn Connell
    Raewyn Connell

    Australian sociologist

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    John Eccles
    John Eccles

    Australian neurophysioloigst

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    Harrie Massey
    Harrie Massey

    Australian physicist

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    Cate Blanchett
    Cate Blanchett

    Australian actress

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    Peter Singer
    Peter Singer

    Australian philosopher

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    Christos Tsiolkas

    Australian writer

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    Helen Quinn
    Helen Quinn

    Australian physicist

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