Victoria University

Discover the notable alumni of Victoria University. The list includes people like Karl Urban, Ludwig Wittgenstein, J. J. Thomson, Lester B. Pearson & Arthur Eddington. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as film & theater personalities, scientists, writers, intellectuals & academics and physicians etc.
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Brian Cox
(Physicist Best Known as the Presenter of Science Programme 'Wonders of Life')
Brian Cox
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Birthdate: March 3, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oldham, Lancashire, England

Brian Cox is an English physicist and former musician. He has presented numerous science programs for BBC radio and TV, especially the Wonders of... series. He is also the author of several popular science books. He has been lauded for his efforts to publicize science and was awarded the British Association's Lord Kelvin Award in 2006. 

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Arthur Eddington
(Astronomer)
Arthur Eddington
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 28, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kendal
Died: November 22, 1944

Arthur Eddington was an English physicist, astronomer, and mathematician. He wrote numerous articles that explained Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity to the English-speaking world. He began his career in academics and eventually shifted to astronomy, becoming the chief assistant to the Astronomer Royal at the Royal Greenwich Observatory. He was a recipient of the Henry Draper Medal. 

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Michael Wincott
(Canadian Actor Known for His Deep, Raspy Voice)
Michael Wincott
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Birthdate: January 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Michael Wincott is a Canadian actor best known for his deep, raspy voice. Thanks to his voice, Wincott is often cast to play villainous roles. Among his best-known roles are Guy of Gisborne in the 1991 American action adventure film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Top Dollar in the 1994 superhero film The Crow.

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Shane Gould
(Australian Former Competition Swimmer and Three-Time Olympic Gold Medal Winner)
Shane Gould
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Shane Gould was 15 when she participated in the Munich Olympics. She stunned everyone with her early retirement at 16 and stayed away from the limelight for 25 years, eventually re-emerging after raising her four kids on an Australian farm and then breaking records at the 2000 Sydney Games.

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Bill English
(Former 39th Prime Minister of New Zealand)
Bill English
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 30, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lumsden, New Zealand

Bill English is a New Zealand former politician best known for his service as the Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2016 to 2017. An influential politician, English also served as the Minister of Finance from 19 November 2008 to 12 December 2016. He also served as the leader of the National Party from 2016 until his resignation in 2018.

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Jane Campion
(Screenwriter, Film director, Actor)
Jane Campion
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Birthdate: April 30, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

In 1993, Jane Campion became the first female filmmaker to be honored with the Palme d'Or for her film The Piano, which also earned her an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. In 2022, Campion became the first woman to win Oscars for both screenwriting and directing when her film The Power of the Dog earned her the Best Director award.

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Azizulhasni Awang
(Cyclist)
Azizulhasni Awang
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kuala Dungun, Terengganu, Malaysia

Malaysian track cyclist Azizulhasni Awang, also known as The Pocket Rocketman, has both an Olympic bronze and silver in his kitty. Adopted as a child, he took up cycling at age 10. While studying sports science in Australia, he became the first non-Australian to get a Blue Award from Victoria University.

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James K. Baxter
(One of New Zealand’s Best Known and Best Loved Poets)
James K. Baxter
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 29, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dunedin, New Zealand
Died: October 22, 1972

One of New Zealand’s best-known poets, James K. Baxter was inspired by Romantic and British modernist poets and mythology. He also penned the popular radio play Jack Winter’s Dream, apart from various other plays and social and literary criticism. He used his Maori name Hemi later in life.

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Gronya Somerville
(Australian Badminton Player Specializing in Doubles)
Gronya Somerville
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Carlton, Victoria Carlton, Melbourne, Australia
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Michael King
(Historian & Biographer)
Michael King
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Birthdate: December 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wellington
Died: March 30, 2004

Michael King was a New Zealand biographer, historian, and author. He is remembered for writing a book titled Penguin History of New Zealand, which became a best-seller and the most famous New Zealand book in the year 2004. A much-respected writer, King won several literary awards, such as the Feltex television writers' award and Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement.

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Robert Bateman
(painter)
Robert Bateman
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Birthdate: May 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto

Robert Bateman is a Canadian painter and naturalist renowned for his realistic painting style that reflects his appreciation for nature. He is credited with establishing the Bateman Foundation, which aims at educating people on the prominence of human-nature connection. Over the course of his career, Bateman has been honored with several awards like Society of Animal Artists Award of Excellence.

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Kirsty Sword Gusmão
(Former First Lady of East Timor)
Kirsty Sword Gusmão
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 19, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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Tim Groser
(politician, diplomat)
Tim Groser
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1950 AD
Birthplace: Perth
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Robert Burchfield
(Lexicographer)
Robert Burchfield
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 27, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Whanganui, New Zealand
Died: July 5, 2004
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Daniela Di Toro
(Australian Wheelchair Tennis and Table Tennis Player)
Daniela Di Toro
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
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Reginald Aldworth Daly
(Geologist)
Reginald Aldworth Daly
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 18, 1871
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Napanee, Canada
Died: September 19, 1957
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Alice Wilson
(Geologist)
Alice Wilson
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 26, 1881
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
Died: April 15, 1964