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HeadquartersAdelaide, Australia
110 Rhodes Scholars

The University of Adelaide (informally Adelaide University) is a public university located in Adelaide, South Australia. Established in 1874, it is the third-oldest university in Australia. The university's main campus is located on North Terrace in the Adelaide city centre, adjacent to the Art Gallery of South Australia, the South Australian Museum and the State Library of South Australia.

The university has four campuses, three in South Australia: North Terrace campus in the city, Roseworthy campus at Roseworthy and Waite campus at Urrbrae, and one in Melbourne, Victoria. The university also operates out of other areas such as Thebarton, the National Wine Centre in the Adelaide Park Lands, and in Singapore through the Ngee Ann-Adelaide Education Centre.

The University of Adelaide is composed of five faculties, with each containing constituent schools. These include the Faculty of Engineering, Computer, and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS), the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of the Professions, and the Faculty of Sciences. It is a member of the Group of Eight and the Association of Commonwealth Universities. The university is also a member of the Sandstone universities, which mostly consist of colonial-era universities within Australia.

The university is associated with five Nobel laureates, constituting one-third of Australia's total Nobel Laureates, and 110 Rhodes scholars. The university has had a considerable impact on the public life of South Australia, having educated many of the state's leading businesspeople, lawyers, medical professionals and politicians. The university has been associated with many notable achievements and discoveries, such as the discovery and development of penicillin, the development of space exploration, sunscreen, the military tank, Wi-Fi, polymer banknotes and X-ray crystallography, and the study of viticulture and oenology.


The University of Adelaide has capitalised on opportunities to commercialise its research. The university has the highest volume of commercial research agreements of all Australian universities. It engages in extensive contract research and collaborative work in conjunction with local and international companies, as well as federal, state and local governments. This activity is managed by the university's commercial development company, Adelaide Research & Innovation Pty Ltd (ARI).[1]

Some examples of recent influences to the university's teaching and research priorities are the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG; previously the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, or DSTO) in Adelaide's northern suburbs to which the university provides many psychology, physics, engineering, and IT graduates; and the growth in South Australia's wine industry, which is supported by the Waite and National Wine Centre campuses producing oenology and agriculture/viticulture graduates.

In addition, the university participates in the Auto-ID Labs, a network of seven research universities in the field of networked radio-frequency identification (RFID) and emerging sensing technologies.

In August 2019, Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) and the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) entered a partnership with the university, in which scientists in diverse disciplines will be able to access PIRSA's research farms share their academic knowledge to the agricultural sector. The collaboration is anticipated to help develop SA's expertise in dryland agriculture, by encouraging multi-disciplinary research and help to bring about new export opportunities.[2]


This is an incomplete list of University of Adelaide people including notable alumni and staff associated with the University of Adelaide in Australia.



Heads of state

  • Roma Mitchell – Australia's first female judge; its first female Governor 1991–1996
  • Eric Neal – business leader, Governor 1996–2001
  • Mark Oliphant – physicist; Governor 1971–1976
  • Keith Seaman – Uniting Church minister; Governor 1977–1982
  • Hieu Van Le – Lieutenant Governor of South Australia 2007–2014; Governor 2014–present


National leaders
All other countries
  • Peter Ong Boon Kwee — Head of the Civil Service, Singapore since 2010,[4][5][6] and Permanent Secretary with Special Duties in the Prime Minister's Office, Singapore[7]
  • Ong Teng Cheong — 5th President of Singapore (1993–99)[8]
  • Joseph Pairin Kitingan — 7th Chief Minister of Sabah, Malaysia (1985–94)
  • Abdul Taib — 4th Chief Minister of Sarawak, Malaysia (1981–2014); Governor of Sarawak (2014–)
  • Adenan Satem — 5th Chief Minister of Sarawak, Malaysia (2014–present)
  • Tony Tan Keng Yam — 7th President of Singapore (2011–17);[9] Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore (1995–2005[10])
South Australian premiers
  • Lynn Arnold — Premier of South Australia 1992–1993
  • John Bannon — Premier of South Australia 1982–1992
  • Henry Barwell — Premier of South Australia 1920–1924
  • Dean Brown — Premier of South Australia 1993–1996
  • Don Dunstan — Premier of South Australia 1967–1968, and 1970–1979
  • Rob Kerin — Premier of South Australia 2001–2002
  • David Tonkin — Premier of South Australia 1979–1982
  • Jay Weatherill — Premier of South Australia 2011–2018
Other Federal politicians
Other state and territory politicians
  • Adair Blain – Member for the Northern Territory (1934–1949)
  • Pru Goward – Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, current minister
  • Peter Malinauskas – South Australian Leader of the Opposition
  • Shane Stone – Chief Minister of the Northern Territory (1995–1999)
  • Ian Wilson – Member for Sturt (1966–1969, 1972–1993), former minister
Other politician figures

Public servants

  • Frances Adamson – Australian Ambassador to the People's Republic of China (2011–)
  • Walter Crocker – diplomat and writer
  • Maurice de Rohan – South Australian Agent General in London (1998–2006)
  • Tim George – Australian diplomat
  • Ivan Shearer – Member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee,[11] former Dean of Adelaide and Sydney University Law Schools[12]
  • Sim Cheok Lim – Singaporean diplomat[13]
  • Brigadier Arthur Seaforth Blackburn — soldier and lawyer; awarded the Victoria Cross in 1916[14]
  • Brigadier Andrew Nikolic (see under Politics, Legislators)




Journalism and media

Literature, writing and poetry

Philosophy and theology

Judiciary and the law

  • Amanda Banton - lawyer
  • John Basten – Justice of the New South Wales Court of Appeal
  • Richard Blackburn – former Chief Justice of the Australian Capital Territory
  • Catherine Branson – former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission and Justice of the Federal Court of Australia
  • John Bray – Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia, poet and classicist
  • James Crawford – legal academic; Judge of the International Court of Justice (2014)
  • Bill Denny – Attorney-General of South Australia
  • John Doyle – Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia
  • John Finnis – legal scholar and philosopher
  • Francis Robert Fisher – Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, Vice Chancellor Flinders University
  • Regina Graycar – Emeritus Professor of Law School, University of Sydney
  • Hermann Homburg – Attorney-General of South Australia
  • Elliott Johnston – Communist activist and Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia
  • Len King – South Australian Attorney-General; Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia
  • Robert Lawson – Attorney-General of South Australia
  • Chris Kourakis – Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia
  • Bruce Lander – South Australia's first Independent Commissioner Against Corruption
  • G. C. Ligertwood – Judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia
  • Brian Martin – Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory
  • Robin Millhouse – lawyer, politician, Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia; Chief Justice of Kiribati and Nauru
  • Roma Mitchell – lawyer, first female Queen's Counsel in Australia (1962); Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia; first female superior court judge in the British Commonwealth (1965)
  • George Murray – Chief Justice of South Australia
  • Mellis Napier – Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia
  • Rosemary Owens – Dean of Law at the University of Adelaide Law School
  • Angas Parsons – former judge of the Supreme Court of South Australia and former Attorney-General of South Australia
  • Geoffrey Reed – Judge in the Supreme Court of South Australia; the first director-general of ASIO
  • Len Roberts-Smith – former Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • Paul Rofe – former South Australian Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Colin Rowe – Attorney-General of South Australia
  • Reginald Rudall – Attorney-General of South Australia
  • Chris Sumner – Attorney-General of South Australia
  • Margaret White – first female judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland

Medicine and science

Nobel laureates

  • William Lawrence Bragg — physicist, Nobel laureate with his father (William Henry Bragg) "for their services in the analysis of crystal structure by means of X-rays"[15]
  • Howard Florey — pharmacologist, Nobel laureate (Physiology or Medicine,1945) "for the discovery of penicillin and its curative effect in various infectious diseases"[16]
  • Robin Warren — pathologist, Nobel laureate (Physiology or Medicine, 2005), for the "discovery of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and its role in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease"


Science and mathematics



Nobel laureates



Natural sciences


  • Keith Briggs – mathematician, formerly on the staff of the Physics Department
  • Gavin Brown – mathematician, former vice chancellor of Adelaide and Sydney Universities
  • Charles E. M. Pearce – applied mathematician
  • Renfrey Potts – Adelaide's first professor of applied mathematics
  • George Szekeres – mathematician known for the Erdős–Szekeres theorem
  • Ernie Tuck – applied mathematician
  • Mathai Varghese – pure mathematician, Elder Professor of Mathematics, Australian Laureate Fellow (2018)






Alumni on Wikispooks

Julie Bishop17 July 1956PoliticianAustralian former politician.
Lynton Crosby23 August 1956Australian political strategist who has managed election campaigns, a "master of the dark political arts" eg dead cat strategy.
Maryanne DemasiAustraliaJournalist
Medical dissident
Natasha Stott Despoja9 September 1969AustraliaPoliticianAustralian politician, diplomat and advocate. WEF Global Leader for Tomorrow 2001
Julia Gillard29 September 1961Politician
Sarah Hanson-Young23 December 1981AustraliaPoliticianUp and coming politician for the Australian Greens. Selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Neville Meaney2 July 193230 May 2021AustraliaAcademic
John Moten8 December 1933AustraliaSpook
ASIO Director-General of Security
Mike SmithAustraliaDiplomat
Penny Wong5 November 1968Australia
Malaysia (1968–2001)
PoliticianAustralian foreign minister


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