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Honorary awards

Recognising inspiring people in the University's community
The University recognises exceptional individual achievement by conferring an honorary degree, and outstanding service to the University by awarding the title of Honorary Fellow of the University.

The University of Sydney is committed to advancing gender equity through ensuring the promotion of equal representation and recognition.


2019 recipients

Doctor of Dental Science
Date of conferral: Friday 15 March 2019

For over 30 years, William has carried out the work of a Dental Surgeon with competence, compassion and humility. He is the leading oral surgeon in the eastern side of the Democratic Republic of Congo and has dealt with and managed medical conditions far beyond the expectations of a dental degree. He has made a significant contribution to dental health in a truly needy nation, the size of western Europe and with a population of over 80 million.

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Doctor of Health Science
Date of conferral: Friday 12 April 2019

Ken is a descendant of the Kabi-Kabi and Gooreng Gooreng Nations of South East Queensland. He is a graduate of the Djurawang Health Sciences (Mental Health) program at Charles Sturt University and a former lecturer and researcher at Muru Marri, the Indigenous Health Unit of the University of New South Wales, School of Public Health and Community Medicine.

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Doctor of Medical Science
Date of conferral: Monday 15 April 2019

Edward has been one of the most influential figures in Australian medicine, medical research and university leadership of his generation. He is devoted to improving university contributions to society generally in Australia, the UK and internationally, and to promoting the role of universities in championing both social equity and free speech.

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Honorary Fellow
Date of conferral: Tuesday 14 May 2019

Lady Potter is a passionate philanthropist who acknowledges the profound effect that advocacy and patronage can have on an establishment like the University of Sydney. We are an outstanding research and education institution today because of the vision and commitment of supporters like Lady Potter. 

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Honorary Fellow
Date of conferral: Thursday 6 June 2019

Josephine co-founded construction company, Buildcorp. She has been instrumental in growing the company to become an industry leader. Josephine works across a range of industries, serving on a number of private, public, government and not-for-profit boards. She is also President of Australian Women’s Rugby and has been able to change the landscape for women in rugby across the nation.

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Honorary Fellow
Date of conferral: Thursday 6 June 2019

Tony was the first in his family to graduate from university. He co-founded construction company – Buildcorp – which has delivered projects cumulatively worth over $3 billion, including landmark projects in the health, education, hospitality, retail and commercial sectors. Tony played rugby for the Sydney University Football Club in 1985. Seven years later, following the establishment of Buildcorp his company has been the major sponsor of the Club. 

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Doctor of Laws
Date of conferral: Friday 7 June 2019

Chief Justice Bathurst is a distinguished graduate of this University in Arts and Law. After 10 years at the Bar, Thomas became Queen’s Counsel and in 2011 was appointed Chief Justice of NSW. Thomas’ practice has covered almost every aspect of commercial and corporations law, including trade practices, administrative law and revenue law as well as commercial arbitration.

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Doctor of Laws
Date of conferral: Friday 4 October 2019

Nicola Roxon was a member of the Australian Parliament for 15 years. She was Australia’s Minister for Health and Ageing for four years and in 2011 she became Australia’s first female Attorney General. Perhaps her most important achievement in parliament was to lead the introduction of the world’s first law requiring plain tobacco packaging as part of a new focus on prevention and a comprehensive approach to reducing smoking. An honorary doctorate for Ms Roxon is a most fitting continuation of our university’s role in tobacco control and of our acknowledgement of women’s leadership in public health and law. 

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Doctor of Letters
Date of conferral: 6 November 2019

Dasho Kinley Dorji has had global impact in the field of journalism, achieving exceptional success in introducing modern media into Bhutan as part of the country’s move to democracy as well as bringing new ways of thinking about media to international scholarship. Dasho Kinley has a Master of Journalism from Columbia University and was awarded a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University, but his career as a journalist began in Australia in the 1980s.

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Doctor of Laws
Date of conferral: 11 December 2019

Bob Austin graduated from the University, BA in 1966 and LLB in 1969. He became a Lecturer in Law in October 1070, Senior Lecturer in 1974, Associate Professor in 1983 and Professor in 1984. Meanwhile he graduated LLM in 1974, and with a D Phil from Oxford in 1983. He was a visiting Fellow at Osgoode Hall in Toronto in 1982 and 1985, and at Duke University, North Carolina in 1989. Throughout his career he has been organising and delivering post graduate courses, including setting and marking examinations, throughout this period, bringing his continuous teaching career to 50 years, something like half of which has been on an honorary basis. His willingness to continue to deliver courses over such a long period and for many years on an honorary basis, even when fully committed to his judicial and professional career first as a partner in a major firm and then as a barrister, has been truly extraordinary.

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Doctor of Laws
Date of conferral: 8 November 2019

Sir Michael Hintze AM, Founder, Chief Executive and Senior Executive Officer of CQS Asset Management, is one of the world’s most successful investors and hedge fund managers. Michael Hintze was born of Russian refugee parents in China, whence his family fled, this time to Australia, in 1953. His generic mathematical skills from the Univ. of Sydney, (where he was also Treasurer of the Students’ Representative Council and Sydney delegate to the National Union of Australian University Students), were later successfully transposed from engineering to investment banking, but also the political skills garnered student politics. Michael was an undergraduate at St John’s College at The University of Sydney. And, in 2010, and thanks to Michael’s generosity, the new Michael Hintze wing of St John’s College, was opened in the presence of Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, Governor of NSW and Chancellor of the University of Sydney. The new building has been superbly designed to coordinate with the existing traditional architecture. On a wonderful sunny autumn day in St John’s quadrangle, Michael spoke of his time at Sydney University and of how “at the heart of the experience was my time here at St John’s from 1974 to 1976. The important point is that a civil society is founded on the principles of community, giving back and nurturing those who have nurtured us”. Now many more students for generations to come will be able to reap the life-long benefits of such experience. Most importantly of all, these achievements manifestly reflect Michael’s oft cited reference to the Parable of the seven talents, and a belief that “to whom much is given much is expected”. The University of Sydney has indeed given much to us all.

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Honorary Fellowship
Date of conferral: 12 December 2019

In 2015, Barry and Joy pledged $33.7 million to the University of Sydney for research into the therapeutic use of medicinal cannabis at the Brain and Mind Centre – the Lambert Initiative. It is an Australian first in the field, both in its breadth and depth of research innovation, and places the University at the forefront of cannabinoid research. The Lambert Initiative holds the promise of optimising and introducing safe and effective cannabinoid therapeutics into mainstream medicine through its many ongoing research, education and outreach programs. The Lambert Initiative targets a range of conditions including paediatric epilepsy, cancer, chronic pain, obesity, and neurological and mental health disorders. Research outcomes are translated into practice by providing outreach to the community and to health professionals. This includes engaging consumer organisations and media to educate the public and transform current policy regarding the use of medicinal cannabis. The current portfolio of research includes more than 15 foundation projects and a number of clinical trials. Through their spirit of generosity, Barry and Joy have truly changed the lives of thousands, if not millions of people in Australia and around the world who suffer from conditions that can be alleviated through safe and effective cannabinoid therapeutics.

Barry Lambert Citation (pdf, 240KB)

Joy Lambert Citation (pdf, 193KB)

Doctor of Medical Science
Date of conferral: 7 November 2019

Greg Winter is a molecular biologist - perhaps more properly molecular engineer - whose invention of “humanized monoclonal antibodies” has revolutionized modern therapeutics across a panoply of human diseases. Humanized monoclonal antibodies can reasonably be said to be to modern therapeutics what Fleming and Florey’s development of penicillin was to the antibiotic era. He is a scientist, innovator and entrepreneur - one of the world’s most distinguished medicinal chemists of the late twentieth and the twenty-first centuries. He is a former Deputy Director of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, where he was Head of the Division of Protein and Nucleic Acid Chemistry. He is currently Master of Trinity College, The University of Cambridge, and is founder of the several companies which led to commercialization of his science and therapeutics. He is still innovating - as new classes of drugs he has developed to fight cancer begin trials across the United Kingdom.

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