Helen Charmaine BEH

Born: 31/7/1941

Died: 7/2/2012

Special Achievements:

Helen Beh was the first woman to achieve following positions in the Science Faculty at the University of Sydney: Senior Lecturer in Psychology (1972-1988; ); Associate Professor;  Head of Department of Psychology (1989-1992), Associate Dean: Faculty of Science (1989-1992); Dean of Faculty of Science.

In 1999, Helen resigned from the University of Sydney to become the first CEO of the Australian Orthopaedic Association.  

In 1969, she was the first woman to be awarded a PhD in Psychology at the University of New England.

Additional Information:

Helen was an internationally recognised expert in sleep research, psychophysiology, human performance and sports psychology.  In a university career spanning 38 years, she published four books and 73 papers in peer-reviewed journals.  She was also an excellent teacher and in 1993 was one of the first academics to receive an Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Sydney.


  • Image - Helen Beh

    Image courtesy of Helen Beh, NPWHF collection

  • Document - Vale Helen Beh

    Article courtesy of Australian Observer, June 9 2012

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