Honorary awards

Professor Frank Harold Trevor Rhodes

The degree of Doctor of Science (honoris causa) was conferred upon Professor Frank Harold Trevor Rhodes, who retired in March 1995 as President of Cornell University, USA, at the Science ceremony held at 4.00pm on 13 April 1995 in the Great Hall.

Professor Frank Harold Trevor Rhodes

Professor Frank Harold Trevor Rhodes, photo, 'The University of Sydney News', 13 July 1995.

Citation

Presented by the Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor D McNicol

Chancellor

I have the honour to present Professor Frank Harold Trevor Rhodes for admission to the degree of Doctor of Science (honoris causa).

Professor Rhodes was bom in Warwickshire in England and he graduated with Bachelor of Science, Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Science degrees in the field of geology from the University of Birmingham.

He has held academic appointments at the University of Durham, the University of Wales at Swansea and the University of Illinios. For six years he was Dean of the College of Literature, Science and Arts at the University of Michigan. On 1 August, 1977 he was appointed President of Cornell University in the State of New York, USA. Professor Rhodes is the ninth President of Cornell University and he will retire from this position in June 1995.

During the 18 years of his presidency, Comell University has become one of the pre-eminent research universities of the USA. Since 1979, eight members of Cornell staff or its alumni have been awarded the Nobel Prize and there have been numerous other awards of distinction which indicate the level of academic achievement in this outstanding university during Professor Rhodes' presidency.

In 1989 Professor Rhodes initiated one of the most ambitious fund-raising campaigns ever seen in the USA. The goal was to find $1.25 billion and to date more than $1 billion has been raised. Cornell University is now ranked number 3 in the USA in its success at fund raising and it ranks number one in attracting gifts from its alumni and friends.

Professor Rhodes is the author of five books, over 70 scientific articles and monographs in geology, and some 60 scholarly articles on education.

He was appointed by President Reagan as a member of the National Science Board and by President Bush as a member of the President's Education Policy Advisory Committee.

During the past few years there have been strong links developing between Cornell University and The University of Sydney, particularly in the fields of Agriculture, Astrophysics and Veterinary Science. A formal agreement has now been reached to promote academic interchange between the institutions. Professor Rhodes has encouraged these links and has fostered a warm relationship between the two universities, based on their similar histories, goals and aspirations.

Chancellor, I have the honour to present Professor Frank Harold Trevor Rhodes for admission to the Degree of Doctor of Science (honoris causa).