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Professor Murray Wells inducted into Australian Accounting Hall of Fame

26 Oct 2012

A former Chair of Accounting at the University of Sydney, Emeritus Professor Murray Wells has been inducted into the University of Melbourne's Australian Accounting Hall of Fame. The annual award recognises outstanding contribution to the discipline of accounting by practitioners and academics.

Professor Wells is the second University of Sydney accountant to be awarded this honour. Professor Raymond John Chambers AO was an inaugural inductee when the award was established in 2010 by the University of Melbourne's Centre for Accounting and Industry Partnerships at the Department of Accounting.

Professor Chambers was an accounting pioneer and the Foundation Chair of Accounting from 1960 till his retirement in 1983. He was also the first non-American to be inducted into the Ohio Accounting Hall of Fame.

Professor Wells was the Chair of Accounting at the University of Sydney from 1973 till his retirement in 1997. He also served as the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business and was the Foundation Director of the Graduate School of Business. 

"Professor Wells has made significant contribution to accounting both nationally and internationally," said Professor John Roberts, Chair of Accounting. "His research drawing on accounting history has been published in major international journals like the Accounting Review and he has been closely involved with CPA Australia and international organizations such as the International Section of the American Accounting Association and the International Association for Accounting Education and Research. He is still active within the discipline as a member of the University of Sydney Pacioli Society and through his editorial advisory involvement with the Abacus and Australian Accounting Review journals."

Professor Wells was awarded a presentation wallet and citation at the 2012 Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony held at the University of Melbourne. Professor Graeme Dean, Honorary Professor of Accounting at the University of Sydney read the citation at the ceremony.

The citation said that, "The Australian Accounting Hall of Fame recognises Murray Wells as an innovator, educator, administrator, scholar and thinker of the highest order."