Famous Australian Intellectuals & Academics

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 1 Peter Singer

Peter Singer
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: July 6, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Australian moral philosopher, Peter Singer, is currently the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University. He specializes in applied ethics. He is best known for his book Animal Liberation, which is considered a seminal work in the animal liberation movement.  The Council of Australian Humanist Societies recognized him as the Australian Humanist of the Year in 2004.

 2 Douglas Mawson

Douglas Mawson
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Famous As: Explorer, Geologist
Birthdate: May 5, 1882
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Shipley
Died: October 14, 1958

Douglas Mawson was an Australian Antarctic explorer, geologist, and academic. Counted among the most important leaders of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, Mawson was honored with a knighthood in 1914. Best remembered for his contribution to Australian geology, Mawson was featured on the Australian one-hundred-dollar note from 1984 to 1996.

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 3 George Pell

George Pell
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Famous As: Cardinal
Birthdate: June 8, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ballarat, Australia

 4 David Chalmers

David Chalmers
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Famous As: Philosopher, University teacher
Birthdate: April 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Australia
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 5 Elton Mayo

Elton Mayo
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Famous As: Psychologist, University teacher, Sociologist
Birthdate: December 26, 1880
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Adelaide
Died: September 7, 1949

 6 Michael Halliday

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Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: April 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Died: April 15, 2018

British linguist Michael Halliday is best remembered for his neo-Firthian theory of language. Born to a dialectologist father and an English teacher mother, Halliday naturally developed a love for languages. An expert in Chinese language, he has conducted research on child language development and the theory of grammar.

 7 Richard Farleigh

Richard Farleigh
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Famous As: Chess player, Investor, Businessperson
Birthdate: November 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kyabram
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 8 Alexander Downer

Alexander Downer
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Famous As: Economist, Diplomat, Politician
Birthdate: September 9, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Adelaide

 9 V. Gordon Childe

V. Gordon Childe
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Famous As: Archaeologist and Philologist
Birthdate: April 14, 1892
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sydney
Died: October 19, 1957

V. Gordon Childe was an Australian archaeologist best remembered for his contribution to the study of European prehistory. One of the earliest supporters of culture-historical archaeology, Childe went on to become the first proponent of Marxist archaeology. He is regarded as one of the best-known and most revered archaeologists of the 20th century.

 10 Peter Costello

Peter Costello
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Famous As: Economist, Politician, Lawyer, Investment banker
Birthdate: August 14, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne

 11 Tim Flannery

Tim Flannery
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Famous As: Biologist, Paleontologist, Zoologist, Environmentalist
Birthdate: January 28, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Melbourne

 12 Steve Keen

Steve Keen
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: March 28, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sydney

 13 James D. Wolfensohn

James D. Wolfensohn
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: December 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

 14 John Hewson

John Hewson
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Famous As: Economist, Politician
Birthdate: October 28, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney

 15 Rene Rivkin

Rene Rivkin
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Famous As: Stockbroker
Birthdate: June 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Shanghai
Died: May 1, 2005

 16 Bill Mollison

Bill Mollison
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Famous As: scientist, naturalist, psychologist
Birthdate: May 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stanley
Died: September 24, 2016

 17 J. L. Mackie

J. L. Mackie
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Famous As: Philosopher, University teacher
Birthdate: August 25, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney
Died: December 12, 1981

 18 Joseph Jacobs

Joseph Jacobs
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Famous As: Literary critic, Literary historian, Folklorist, Historian, Children's writer
Birthdate: August 29, 1854
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney
Died: January 30, 1916

 19 Colin Barnett

Colin Barnett
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Famous As: Economist, Politician
Birthdate: July 15, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nedlands

 20 Fiona Wood

Fiona Wood
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Famous As: Plastic surgeon, Physician
Birthdate: February 2, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yorkshire

 21 Michael Taussig

Michael Taussig
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Famous As: Anthropologist, University teacher
Birthdate: April 3, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sydney

 22 Richard Bonynge

Richard Bonynge
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Famous As: Conductor, Pianist
Birthdate: September 29, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney

 23 Raymond Dart

Raymond Dart
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Famous As: Anatomist
Birthdate: February 4, 1893
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
Died: November 22, 1988

 24 Ian Plimer

Ian Plimer
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Famous As: Geologist
Birthdate: February 12, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius

 25 Keith Windschuttle

Keith Windschuttle
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Famous As: historian
Birthdate: 1942 AD
Birthplace: Sydney

 26 Geoffrey Blainey

Geoffrey Blainey
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: March 11, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Melbourne

 27 Rosi Braidotti

Rosi Braidotti
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Famous As: Philosopher, University teacher, Feminist
Birthdate: September 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Latisana

 28 Hedley Bull

Hedley Bull
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Famous As: Political scientist, University teacher
Birthdate: June 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney
Died: May 18, 1985

 29 Hubert Wilkins

Hubert Wilkins
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: October 31, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mount Bryan, Australia
Died: November 30, 1958

 30 Ferdinand von Mueller

Ferdinand von Mueller
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Famous As: Botanist and Geographer
Birthdate: June 30, 1825
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rostock, Germany
Died: October 10, 1896

 31 Glenn Stevens

Glenn Stevens
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Famous As: Economist, Banker
Birthdate: January 23, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney

 32 Samuel Alexander

Samuel Alexander
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Famous As: British philosopher
Birthdate: January 6, 1859
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: September 13, 1938

 33 Alan Villiers

Alan Villiers
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 23, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: March 3, 1982

 34 John Passmore

John Passmore
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: September 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manly, Australia
Died: July 25, 2004

 35 John Dunmore Lang

John Dunmore Lang
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: August 25, 1799
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greenock, Scotland
Died: August 8, 1878

 36 Walter Baldwin Spencer

Walter Baldwin Spencer
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: June 23, 1860
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stretford, England
Died: July 14, 1929

 37 William Edward Hanley Stanner

William Edward Hanley Stanner
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: November 24, 1905
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: October 8, 1981

 38 Kylie Tennant

Kylie Tennant
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: March 12, 1912
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manly, Australia
Died: February 28, 1988

 39 Francis James Gillen

Francis James Gillen
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Famous As: Anthropologist
Birthdate: October 28, 1855
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Electoral district of Little Para, Australia
Died: June 5, 1912