University anniversaries

Sesquicentenary 1999-2002

Vice-Chancellor's Sesquicentenary Distinguished Lecture by Sir Gustav Nossal AC CBE

The University of Sydney Sesquicentenary celebrations commenced in 1999 and commemorated various important phases in the foundation of the University.

Sir Gustav Nossal, former Australian of the Year, gave an address on "Global Health Challenges in a Time of Turmoil" in the Great Hall, Quadrangle, on 30 October 2001 as part of the Vice-Chancellor's Sesquicentenary Distinguished Lecture Series.

Photographs are courtesy of ZOOM Productions.


Sir Gustav Nossal AC CBE

Sir Gustav Nossal's research is in fundamental immunology, and his accomplishments are world-renowned. He has shaped the scientific affairs of Australia for three decades, and continues to do so. As a researcher, and as Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research for over 31 years, he has helped build the foundations of modern immunology. Sir Gustav has worked energetically to improve global health through his long-term involvement with the World Health Organisation, most recently as Chairman of the Global Program for Vaccines and Immunization.

Sir Gustav studied Medicine at the University of Sydney, and after a residency at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, took his PhD at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne. He was knighted in 1977, made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1989 and appointed Australian of the Year in 2000.

He is also involved in charitable work as Chairman of the Felton Bequests Committee; as a Principal of Foursight Associates Pty Ltd; and as Deputy Chairman of the Global Foundation. He was involved in Aboriginal Affairs as Deputy Chairman of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation from 1998 to 2000.


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Dinner in the Great Hall first.

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Introduction by Vice-Chancellor Professor Gavin Brown.

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Sir Gustav Nossal giving the lecture.

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Vote of thanks to Sir Gustav Nossal from Mr David Hoare.

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Questions from the audience.

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Sir Gustav Nossal and Professor Gavin Brown.

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Sir Gustav Nossal, Mr David Hoare and Professor Gavin Brown.

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