Honorary awards

Deakin honorary degrees are conferred on individuals for distinguished contributions to the community. They honour achievements that are aligned to the University’s aims, and provide inspiration to members of the university community.

Honorary degrees

The Deakin Honorary Doctorate honours individuals’ sustained and significant contributions as summarised in the citation for the award.

The Honorary Master of Innovation recognises individuals’ initiatives in creating jobs for the future or advancing social justice.

Honorary degrees are conferred by the University Council on the recommendation of the Vice-Chancellor following consideration by the Honorary Degrees Committee.

A fact sheet on Deakin’s honorary degrees program (PDF, 94.4KB) and the Honorary Degrees Procedure are available.

Deakin Honorary Doctorate

2018

Emeritus Professor Judith Brett

Emeritus Professor Judith Brett was awarded a Deakin Honorary Doctorate for her eminent contribution to scholarship and public discourse on Australian history and politics and for increasing knowledge about Alfred Deakin’s historical contribution and contemporary relevance.

Todd Harper

Todd Harper was awarded a Deakin Honorary Doctorate for his outstanding contributions and commitment to public health and for his willingness to be innovative and brave in advocating for public health.

Professor Mervyn King SC

Professor Mervyn King SC was awarded a Deakin Honorary Doctorate for his eminent international achievements in corporate governance, corporate law and accounting and his significant contribution to corporate social responsibility and sustainable long-term economic growth globally.

Jane Martin

Jane Martin was awarded a Deakin Honorary Doctorate for her significant and sustained contribution to public health and her evidence-based advocacy for policies to prevent obesity in Australia, particularly in children.

Hon Dr Barry Jones AC

The Hon Dr Barry Jones AC was awarded a Deakin Honorary Doctorate for his eminent contribution to promoting innovation, science and evidence-based policies in Australia as a public intellectual and Science Minister from 1983 to 1990; for his influential advocacy for educational opportunities in regional Australia including in Sleepers, Wake! (1982); and for his championing of new ideas and initiatives to prepare us for the jobs and opportunities of the future.

Hon Dr Tabaré Vázquez Rosas

The Hon Dr Tabaré Vázquez Rosas, President of the Republic of Uruguay was awarded a Deakin Honorary Doctorate for eminent leadership in education, human rights and public health, especially tobacco control, as a doctor, advocate and President of the Republic of Uruguay from 2005 to 2010 and from 2015 to the present.

2017

Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin AC

Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin AC was awarded a Deakin Honorary Doctorate for significant and sustained contribution to the Australian community through leadership positions in the Australian Defence Force.

Elizabeth Broderick AO

Elizabeth Broderick AO was awarded a Deakin Honorary Doctorate for her outstanding contribution to gender equality, the prevention of discrimination and violence, and to driving progressive social change.

His Excellency Charles Lepani CBE

His Excellency Charles Lepani CBE was awarded a Deakin Honorary Doctorate for distinguished services to Papua New Guinea and its people for more than four decades, and for enhancing Australia's understanding of our closest neighbour as High Commissioner for PNG to Australia in the past decade.

Dr Viswanathan Mohan

Dr Viswanathan Mohan was awarded a Deakin Honorary Doctorate for his outstanding service to people with diabetes in India and other developing countries and his exceptional scholarship in the global field of diabetes research.

Professor Budaraju Srinivasa Murty

Professor Budaraju Srinivasa Murty was awarded a Deakin Honorary Doctorate for his significant contribution as a researcher in the field of advanced materials with particular emphasis on high entropy alloys.

Paul Tobias

Paul Tobias was awarded a Deakin Honorary Doctorate for outstanding contribution to promoting equality, tolerance and diversity in boys' education.

Hon Judith Troeth AM

The Hon Judith Troeth AM was awarded a Deakin Honorary Doctorate for eminent public leadership as a Senator in the Australian parliament for eighteen years and as influential advocate for education, human rights and for increasing the number of women in parliament and in senior political positions.

Hon Ranil Wickremesinghe

The Hon Ranil Wickremesinghe was awarded a Deakin Honorary Doctorate for eminent leadership as a Member of Parliament, Minister and Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, and especially for leading economic, educational and human rights reforms since 2015 as Prime Minister and head of the United Front for Good Governance.

2016

Professor Michel Armand

Professor Michel Armand was awarded a Deakin Honorary Doctorate for significant contributions to research in the field of energy storage technologies, with particular emphasis on lithium battery development and research in ionic liquids.

Jenni Lightowlers

Jenni Lightowlers was awarded a Deakin Honorary Doctorate for outstanding service to Deakin University as Deputy Chancellor from 2008 to 2015, as a member of University Council from 2004 to 2015 and for significant and sustained contribution to research in Australia as an expert advisor on innovation and commercialisation.

David Morgan AO

David Morgan AO was awarded the first of the University’s new-style honorary doctorates, the Deakin Honorary Doctorate, for outstanding service to Deakin University as Chancellor from 2006 to 2015 and as a member of the University Council from 2000 to 2015, and for championing the Geelong region and its transition to new manufacturing and knowledge industries.

Lieutenant General David Morrison AO

Lieutenant General David Morrison AO (Retd) was awarded a Deakin Honorary Doctorate for outstanding leadership in the Australian Army and broader community, especially in combating discrimination and sexism.

Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs

Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs was awarded a Deakin Honorary Doctorate for her eminent contribution to education, advocacy and public service in the field of human rights and international law.

Professor Yongxian Zhang

Professor Yongxian Zhang was awarded a Deakin Honorary Doctorate for his outstanding contribution to the understanding of Australia in China and to improving Australia-China relations.

Honorary Doctorate

2016

Bill Forrest AM

Bill Forrest AM was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters for distinguished service to the arts, and especially education for arts management professionals.

Hon Julia Gillard AC

The Hon Julia Gillard AC was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws for distinguished public service, especially promoting education opportunities in Australia to groups under-represented in higher education.

Professor Bevis Hutchinson

Professor Bevis Hutchinson was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science for distinguished service in the scientific and technological community, especially in relation to the textures of materials.

Dalal Smiley

Dalal Smiley was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws for distinguished service to the Australian community, especially to social inclusion and cultural diversity.

David Thodey AO

David Thodey AO was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science for distinguished service in the science and technological community.

2015

Dr Megan Clark AC

Dr Megan Clark AC was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science for distinguished service in the scientific and technological community.

Brad Dunstan

Brad Dunstan was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science for distinguished service in the scientific and technological community, especially building collaborations between research and industry.

Professor William Hutchinson

Professor William Hutchinson was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science for distinguished service in the scientific and technological community, especially in relation to the textures of materials.

Leon Kempler OAM

Leon Kempler OAM was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science for eminent public service, especially distinguished service in the scientific and technological community.

Sue Nattrass AO

Sue Nattrass AO was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters for distinguished services to the arts.

Dr Tim Soutphommasane

Dr Tim Soutphommasane was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters for his distinguished contribution to learning in the fields of multiculturalism and citizenship.

Emeritus Professor David Stokes AM

Emeritus Professor David Stokes AM was awarded an honorary Doctor of the University for distinguished service to the University and especially developing the University’s research culture and strengths.

Dr Helen Szoke

Dr Helen Szoke was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws for distinguished public service in the fields of anti-discrimination, equal opportunity and humanitarian leadership.

Dr Kurt Zuelke

Dr Kurt Zuelke was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science for distinguished service in the scientific and technological community, especially in building collaboration between research groups in universities, government and industry.

2014

Peter Alsop

Peter Alsop was awarded a Master of Science for distinguished services to Geelong and the region as an historian of architecture, engineering and the environment and as a civil engineer.

Dr Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani

Dr Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani was awarded a Doctor of Science in recognition of his distinguished services to global science and industry.

Dame Quentin Bryce AD

Dame Quentin Bryce AD was awarded a Doctor of Laws for distinguished public service and commitment to equity and access for women, Indigenous Australians and for all those who are disadvantaged.

Emeritus Professor Max Charlesworth AO

Emeritus Professor Max Charlesworth AO was awarded a Doctor of Letters for distinguished academic services in the fields of education, humanities and bioethics.

Hon Simon Crean

The Hon Simon Crean was awarded a Doctor of Laws for eminent public service.

Baba Kalyani

Baba Kalyani was awarded a Doctor of Science in recognition of his distinguished services to global science and industry.

Hon Jeffrey Kennett AC

The Hon Jeffrey Kennett AC was awarded a Doctor of Laws for distinguished services to business and the community.

Dame Carol Kidu DBE

Dame Carol Kidu DBE was awarded a Doctor of Laws for distinguished public service to the community in Papua New Guinea, especially in the areas of child welfare and equality for minorities.

2013

Adrian Kloeden

Adrian Kloeden was awarded a Doctor of the University in recognition of his distinguished contribution to Deakin University Council by serving two terms as Deputy Chancellor in 2004 and 2007 and serving on numerous University committees as Chairperson or member.

Ray Reynoldson

Ray Reynoldson was awarded a Doctor of Science in recognition of his significant contribution to Deakin's research profile in the field of surface treatments.

Professor David Parkin OAM

Professor David Parkin OAM was awarded a Doctor of Letters in recognition of his contribution to Deakin University in the fields of coach and athlete education and his special contribution in the Australian Football League (AFL) and the wider coaching community.

Hon Michael Kirby AC, CMG

The Hon Michael Kirby AC, CMG was awarded a Doctor of Laws in recognition of his outstanding contribution to justice, law and law reform in Australia.

2011

Pauline Turner

Pauline Turner was awarded a Doctor of the University in recognition of her distinguished service to the University as a Member of Council for 14 and-a-half years, from 1995 to 2010.

Professor John Duncan

Professor John Duncan was awarded a Doctor of Science in recognition of his significant contributions as a researcher, educator and consultant in the field of mechanical engineering with particular emphasis on sheet metal forming.

2010

Hon Steve Bracks AC

The Hon Steve Bracks AC was awarded a Doctor of Laws in recognition of his distinguished service to the Victorian community.

Professor Yusuf Qismullah

Professor Yusuf Qismullah was awarded a Doctor of Letters in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Deakin University, arts and education and humanitarian aid.

Emeritus Professor Sally Walker AM

Emeritus Professor Sally Walker AM was awarded a Doctor of Laws in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Deakin University, legal education and scholarship and higher education in general.

Dr John Henry

Dr John Henry was awarded a Doctor of Letters in recognition of his contribution to Deakin University, vocational education and training and his special contribution in the area of Indigenous education.

Emeritus Professor Adrian Lee

Emeritus Professor Adrian Lee was awarded a Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to enhancing teaching and learning in Australian universities.

2008

Professor Judith Ramaley

Professor Judith Ramaley was awarded a Doctor of Laws in recognition of her distinguished contribution to the community as a leader in the higher education sector and as a researcher in the areas of neurophysiology and immunochemistry; and in recognition of her contribution to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

2006

Emeritus Professor Phillip Hamilton AM

Emeritus Professor Phillip (Pip) Alexander Hamilton AM was awarded a Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding achievements in the scientific discipline of radio-astronomy, his contribution to the Australian higher education sector, and his services to research at Deakin University.

2005

Richard Searby AO QC

Richard Henry Searby AO QC was awarded a Doctor of Laws in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Deakin University as Chancellor from 1997 to his retirement from that role at the end of 2005, and his contribution to the fields of education, the law, the arts and to business.

Dr Kenn Fisher

Dr Kenn Fisher was awarded a Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the fields of campus masterplanning and educational facility strategic planning, both within Australia and internationally.

2004

Alfred Bamblett

Alfred John Bamblett was awarded a Doctor of Laws in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Aboriginal affairs, to the Koorie community and to the Institute of Koorie Education at Deakin University.

Hon Allan McDonald QC

The Hon Allan William McDonald QC was awarded a Doctor of Laws for services to the law, to Deakin University and to the community.

John Landy AC

John Landy AC was awarded a Doctor of Laws for distinguished service to sport, the environment and the community.

2003

Steve Vizard

Steve Vizard was awarded a Doctor of Laws for distinguished service to the community and the arts.

Neil Everist OAM

Neil Everist OAM was awarded a Doctor of Letters for distinguished service to the arts and to the community.

James Cousins AO

James Cousins AO was awarded a Doctor of Letters for distinguished service to the arts and to the community.

Frank Costa AO

Frank Costa AO was awarded a Doctor of Laws for distinguished service to the community.

Dr Jim Rossiter AM

Dr Jim Rossiter AM was awarded a Doctor of the University for distinguished service to Deakin University as a member of the Council from August 1978 until the end of 1988 and for his contribution to the University in the field of research ethics.

Denise King

Denise King was awarded a Doctor of the University for distinguished service to Deakin University as a member of the Council of the former Victoria College from 1973 until 1991 and as a member of the Council of Deakin University from 1996 until the end of 2002.

Patricia Heath AM

Patricia Heath AM was awarded a Doctor of Laws for distinguished service to the University and to the community, most particularly to the health sector.

2002

Geoffrey Dreher

Geoffrey Hamilton Dreher awarded a Doctor of the University for distinguished service to the University as a member of the Council of the former Victoria College from 1987 until 1992 and as a member of the Council of Deakin University from 1992 until 2000.

Harold Mitchell AC

Harold Charles Mitchell AC was awarded a Doctor of the Laws for services to business, the community and the arts.

James Tait

James Tait was awarded a Doctor of the University for distinguished service to the University as a member of the Council of the former Warrnambool Institute of Advanced Education from 1983 until 1990 and as a member of the Council of Deakin University from 1990 until 2001.

2001

Hugh Moore

Hugh Moore was awarded a Doctor of the University for outstanding contribution to post-professional education at Deakin University.

2000

Joseph Pillay

Joseph Y Pillay was awarded a Doctor of Laws for eminent public service in the development of the modern State of Singapore.

Dr Graham Rouch

Dr Graham Rouch was awarded a Doctor of Science for distinguished service to public health.

1999

Walter Backhouse OAM

Walter John Backhouse OAM was awarded a Doctor of the University for distinguished service to the University as a member of the University Council from 1980 to 1998.

Margaret Cameron AM

Margaret Alison Cameron AM was awarded a Doctor of the University for distinguished service to the University as University Librarian from 1977 to 1996.

George Dyer

George Sydney Dyer was awarded a Doctor of the University for distinguished service to the University as a member of the University Council from 1992 to 1998 and as a member of the Council of the former Victoria College from 1983 to 1992.

Geoff Neilson AM

Geoffrey Neilson AM was awarded a Doctor of the University for distinguished service to the University as a member of the University Council from 1977 to 1981 and from 1983 to 1998.

Thomas Schneider

Thomas Schneider was awarded a Doctor of Laws for leadership in the restructuring of industrial relations in the US.

James Martin

James Martin was awarded a Doctor of Laws for leadership in the development of information technology.

1997

Peter Kwong-Ching Woo

Peter Kwong-Ching Woo was awarded a Doctor of Laws for distinguished service to the people of Hong Kong as a business and community leader.

Stephen Yeap Leong Huat

Stephen Yeap Leong Huat was awarded a Doctor of Laws for distinguished service to education as a leader in Malaysian commerce and philanthropy.

Sharom Ahmat

Sharom Ahmat was awarded a Doctor of Laws for distinguished academic and administrative leadership in the development of Malaysian education.

1996

James Leslie AC

James Bolton Leslie AC was awarded a Doctor of Laws for distinguished public service and, in particular, for service to Deakin University as Chancellor from 1987 to 1996.

1995

Hon Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE

The Hon Sir Anthony Mason AC KBE was awarded a Doctor of Laws for distinguished service to the Australian judiciary.

Professor John Hay AC

Professor John Anthony Hay AC was awarded a Doctor of Letters for distinguished service to Deakin University.

1994

Professor Kenneth McKinnon AO

Professor Kenneth Richard McKinnon AO was awarded a Doctor of Letters for outstanding contribution to Australian education.

Victor Smorgon AC

Victor Smorgon AC was awarded a Doctor of Letters for distinguished service to health and the arts.

Kenneth Kaunda

Kenneth David Kaunda was awarded a Doctor of Laws for outstanding contribution to the ending of apartheid, the development of democratic governments and the attainment of human rights in the African region.

Robert Brack

Robert William Brack was awarded the Doctor of Laws for service to the University and the Australian business sector.

1993

Gilbert Vines

Gilbert John Geoffrey Vines was awarded a Doctor of the University for service to the University.

1992

Raymond Chambers AO

Raymond John Chambers AO was awarded a Doctor of Laws for services to commerce, education and the accounting profession.

1991

Tun Dr Haji Hamdan

Tun Dr Haji Hamdan was awarded a Doctor of Letters for services to education.

Jean McCaughey AO

Jean Middlemas McCaughey AO was awarded a Doctor of Letters for services to social welfare.

Peter O'Halloran

Peter O'Halloran was awarded a Doctor of Science for fostering interest and encouraging excellence in secondary school mathematics.

Marjory Taylor

Marjory Alice Hamlet Taylor was awarded a Master of Arts for services to Nursing education.

1990

Geoffrey Caston CBE

Geoffrey Caston CBE was awarded a Doctor of Letters for distinguished service to post-secondary education as Vice-Chancellor of the University of the South Pacific.

Inge King AM

Inge King AM was awarded a Doctor of Letters for significant contribution to the Australian built environment and the emergence of Australian culture.

Ewan Laird

Ewan Campbell Laird was awarded a Doctor of Letters for services to the profession of architecture and to the community as a founder of Apex.

Isi Leibler AO

Isi Leibler AO was awarded a Doctor of Letters for achievements in the promotion of human rights, with special reference to Soviet Jews, and in the promotion of multiculturalism and commercial enterprise in Australia.

David Roach

David Arthur Roach was awarded a Doctor of Letters for notable contributions to the development of post-secondary education in Victoria.

1989

Sir James Darling CMG

Sir James Ralph Darling CMG was awarded a Doctor of Letters for services to education.

Renee Erdos

Renee Erdos was awarded a Doctor of Letters for services to distance education.

Rt. Hon. Malcolm Fraser ACCH

The Rt. Hon. John Malcolm Fraser ACCH was awarded a Doctor of Letters for services to Western Victoria, Australia and the Commonwealth of Nations.

Charles Jarvis

Charles Edward Jarvis was awarded a Master of Science for services to the University.

Patrick Lang

Patrick Sellar Lang was awarded a Doctor of Science for services to agricultural science and higher education.

Sir Arvi Parbo AC

Sir Arvi Parbo AC was awarded a Doctor of Science for services to Australian industry and commerce.

1988

Sir Ian McLennan KCMG

Sir Ian Munro McLennan KCMG was awarded a Doctor of Science for services to industry and commerce, and to technology and technological policy and education.

William Renwick

William Leslie Renwick was awarded a Doctor of Letters for services to Australasian public education and advancement, nationally and internationally, of teaching and learning.

1986

Professor Fred Jevons AO

Professor Fred Jevons AO was awarded a Doctor of Letters for distinguished service to the University as foundation Vice-Chancellor.

Robyn Williams

Robyn Williams was awarded a Doctor of Science for contributing to the enhancement of scientific knowledge and understanding in the Australian community.

1985

Diana Dyason

Diana Dyason was awarded a Doctor of Letters for distinguished service to history and philosophy of science.

Emeritus Professor Otto Peters

Emeritus Professor Otto Peters was awarded a Doctor of Letters for service to distance education.

Borje Holmberg

Borje Holmberg was awarded a Doctor of Letters for service to distance education.

John Daniel

John Daniel was awarded a Doctor of Letters for service to distance education.

1984

Menzie Lipson AO

Menzie Lipson AO was awarded a Doctor of Science for distinguished service to sciences, especially textile research, and to Deakin University.

John Bechervaise OAM

John Mayston Bechervaise OAM was awarded a Doctor of Letters for distinguished service to exploration and literature.

1983

Professor Charles Moorhouse AM

Professor Charles Edmund Moorhouse AM was awarded a Doctor of Letters for service to education.

Peter Thwaites

Peter Nelson Thwaites was awarded a Doctor of Letters for distinguished service to education and to Deakin University.

1982

Sir Wilfred Brookes CBE

Sir Wilfred Deakin Brookes CBE was awarded a Doctor of Letters for service to industry and commerce.

Trevor Pescott

Trevor Pescott was awarded a Master of Science for distinguished service to natural history.

1981

Walter Lord Perry OBE

Lord Walter Laing Macdonald, Baron Perry of Walton OBE was awarded a Doctor of Letters for service to distance education.

Philip Brown

Philip Lawrence Brown was awarded a Doctor of Letters for service to local history.

The Hon Austin Asche AC

The Hon Keith John Austin Asche AC was awarded a Doctor of Letters for distinguished public service and service to the University as Chancellor.

Arthur Collins

Arthur Charles Collins was awarded a Doctor of Science for distinguished service to education in Architecture.

Ian Downs

Ian Fairley Graham Downs was awarded a Doctor of Letters for distinguished service to Australia and Papua New Guinea, to Pacific history and to the research and publications of the staff and students of the University's School of Social Sciences.

Kenneth Stewart

Kenneth Duff Stewart was awarded a Master of Arts for distinguished service to the University as Vice-Principal from 1976 to 1986

Mary White

Mary Dunbar White was awarded a Master of Science for distinguished service to the natural history of Anglesea and District.