Sir Stephen H. Roberts, CMG, MA, DSc, LittD, DLitt (hon.)
Dean of the Faculty of Arts, 1942–47
Victorian-born, Stephen Roberts completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Arts at the University of Melbourne. Subsequently, by 1930, research he did in Europe led to both his DSc from the London School of Economics, University of London, and his DLitt from the University of Melbourne.
Roberts joined Sydney University in 1929, when he was appointed to the Challis chair of History. He was first elected dean to succeed H.T. Lovell, and re-elected twice. He also served a term as chair of the Professorial Board during his deanship. However, in February 1947, nine months before the end of his third term, he resigned from his deanship and the Challis chair upon becoming vice-chancellor of this university, the second to be appointed from the Arts faculty. He retired in 1967.
Among many honours Roberts received in Australia and overseas, he was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1956, and knighted in 1965. He received honorary doctorates from a number of universities in Australia and overseas, including from Sydney University in 1968.
Australian Dictionary of Biography