Honorary doctorate for Dr Jill Ker Conway

9 May 2006

Historian, noted academic and author Dr Jill Ker Conway will be conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters at the University of Sydney on Friday 12 May 2006.

After growing up during the 1930s in an isolated property at Hillston, New South Wales and later in Sydney, Jill Ker Conway graduated from the University of Sydney with honours in history in 1958.

She moved to the USA in 1960, gained a doctorate in history from Harvard University in 1969, and taught at the University of Toronto from 1964 to 1975, eventually becoming a vice-president of the university.

In 1975 she was appointed the first woman president of the women's college, Smith College in Massachusetts.

After leaving Smith College, Dr Ker Conway joined the boards of a number of corporations, foundations and universities. She was the first woman to be appointed as Chairperson of the Lend Lease Corporation, in 2000.

Since 1985 she has been a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in its Science, Technology and Society program.

Dr Ker Conway has written three autobiographical books, Road from Coorain, True North: a memoir and A Women's Education.

She is also the author of numerous books of non-fiction including When Memory Speaks: Reflections on Autobiography, and Written by Herself: Volumes 1 and II.

Event: Presentation of Honorary Doctorate of Letters to Dr Jill Ker Conway
Time: 2.00pm
Date: Friday May 12, 2006
Place: The Great Hall, University of Sydney

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