Honorary awards

The University of Sydney recognises

  • exceptional achievement by conferring an honorary degree.
  • outstanding service to the University by awarding the title of Honorary Fellow of the University.

All recipients by year

Listed below are the names of:

  1. recipients of honorary degrees conferred before 1951 (these were ad eundem gradum degrees and this was before the University's legislation was amended in 1952 to confirm that the University could award honorary degrees); and
  2. all honorary award recipients from 1952.


1901, 1906, 1920, 1926, 1927, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1938, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Click on link for information about the recipient or the citation.

Updated 14 July 2014


1901

1906

1920

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales

1926

The Right Honourable Stanley Melbourne Bruce

1927

HRH the Duke of York

1930

1931

1934

HRH the Duke of Gloucester

1938

The Viscount Nuffield

1951

Erwin Griswold

1952

William John McKell

1953

1954

Walter Gropius

1955

1956

1957

Vere Gordon Childe

1959

1960

1961

1962

1963

1964

1965

continued

1966

1967

Arthur Roden Cutler

1968

Stephen Henry Roberts

1969

Margaret Telfer

1970

Lloyd Rees

1971

1972

1973

  • Eric Ashby, Hon DLitt, photo below, photo G3_224_1014, University of Sydney Archives:
Eric Ashby

1974

  • James Johnston Auchmuty, Hon DLitt, photo, courtesy Cultural Collections, Auchmuty Library, University of Newcastle:
James Johnston Auchmuty

1975

1976

Keith Edward Bullen

1977

John Warcup Cornforth

1978

Andrew Delbridge Osborn

1979

1980

Wilbur Norman Christiansen

1981

1982

Bruce Rodda Williams

1983

Geoffrey Lance McDonald

1984

Joan Sutherland

continued

1985: Honorary degrees and Honorary Fellows

Helen Elizabeth Archdale

1986

Joyce Black

1987

Harrison Bryan

1988

Lauris Margaret Elms

1989

Sir Hermann Black

1990

Mary Sylvester McLelland

1991

Barbara Selby
  • David Mayer Selby, DUniv, photo below, with the kind permission of Mrs Alison Rosenberg:
David Selby

1992

Val Street

1993

Richard Spencer Butler Gye

1994

Michael Gleeson Taylor

1995

Robert McCredie May

1996

Rosemary Dobson

1997

James Wolfensohn

1998

David Malouf

1999

Ross Parsons

2000

Nelson Mandela

continued

2001

Christopher Francis Patten

2002

Professor Marie Bashir

2003

Romaldo Giurgola

2004

Lyndel Prott

2005

Peter Sculthorpe

2006

Daniel Lunney

2007

Geraldine Brooks

2008

Gareth John Evans

2009

Brenda Croft

2010

William Barton

2011

John Prineas

2012

  • Cate Blanchett, Hon DLitt, photo below, copyright University of Sydney:
Cate Blanchett

2013

Aung San Suu Kyi

2014