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2013 Queen's Birthday Honours


11 June 2013

Professor Simon Chapman has been awarded an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.
Professor Simon Chapman has been awarded an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

University of Sydney staff who have advocated for groundbreaking changes in Australian public health, looked after the health of Australia's leading athletes, worked with young people at risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system and changed the face of maths teaching have been awarded 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours.

Professor James Crawford, a former Challis Professor of International Law and dean of Sydney Law School, was awarded the highest honour, the Companion of the Order of Australia, for his eminent service to the law. The first Australian member of the United Nations International Law Commission, Professor Crawford has appeared in more than 40 cases before the International Court of Justice and other international tribunals.

As a world leading public health academic, Professor Simon Chapman was recognised as an Officer in the Order of Australia. Professor Chapman was particularly recognised for his significant role in reducing smoking incidence in Australia from 45 percent in men and 30 percent in women in 1978 to 15.1 percent in adults today.

Honorary Doctor of Health Science and alumna Dr Gabi Hollows was also named an Officer in the Order of Australia for her work as an advocate to eradicate blindness, particularly for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and people in the developing world.

"Congratulations to all those members of the University community who have been recognised for their outstanding contributions in a diversity of fields with Queen's Birthday Honours," said Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney.

"These awards celebrate the depth and range of teaching and research at the University and we are delighted these members of our community have been celebrated."

The full list includes:


Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia

  • Professor James Crawford, former Challis Professor of International Law and Dean of Sydney Law School 

For eminent service to the law through significant contributions to international and constitutional legal practice, reform and arbitration, and as a leading jurist, academic and author


Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia

For distinguished service to medical research as an academic and author, particularly in the area of public health policy, and to the community

  • Dr Gabrielle Hollows, alumna and Honorary Doctor of Health Sciences

For distinguished service to public health as an advocate for the eradication of blindness, particularly for Indigenous Australians and people in the developing world


Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia

For significant service to business and commerce, to tertiary education administration, and to the community

For significant service to veterinary science, and to animal health programs

For significant service to medicine, particularly in the field of sports medicine and rheumatology

For significant service to the building and construction industry, and to philanthropy

For significant service to dentistry, particularly in developing countries

For significant service to the pharmaceutical industry, and to community health


Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division

For service to education through the promotion of the study of mathematics

For service to psychology, and to the community

For service to the community, particularly through Rotary International


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