Dorothy HILL

Born: 10 September 1907

Died: 23 April 1997

Special Achievements:

1959 - First woman appointed to the Chair in any Australian university (Chair of Geology).
1956 - First woman elected as Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.
1956 - Woman President of Geology section ANZAAS.
1965 - First Australian woman to become a Fellow of the Royal Society.
1971-72 - First female president of a professional (academic) board in Australia.

Additional Information:

Emeritus Professor, CBE, PhD (Cambridge), DSc, Hon.LLD, FRS, FAA.
1924 - Highest Pass in 1924 Senior Public Exam.


  • Image - Dorothy Hill

    Description: Dorothy Hill, standing in front of a wall at the University of Queensland Date: 31 July 2015 Source: https://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:196379 Author: The University of Queensland

    Wikimedia Commons: File:Dorothy Hill, later in life, standing before a sandstone wall.jpg. Copyright held by the University of Queensland Fryer Library.

  • Image - Dorothy Hill

    Description: Portrait of Dorothy Hill in academic robes from the Fryer Library University of Queensland Photograph Collection, UQFL466, Box 18, AL/P/11 Date: before 1954 Source: Portrait of Dorothy Hill in academic robes Author: Unknown

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  • Image - Dorothy Hill

    Description: Dorothy Hill on geological excursions in the Brisbane Valley, 1928-1929. Date: 1929 Source: https://espace.library.uq.edu.au/view/UQ:196307 Author: The University of Queensland

    Wikimedia Commons: File:Dorothy Hill with horse, Walter during a geological excursion c. 1929.jpg

  • References

    Simpson, Andrew.  (25th anniversary 1974-1999).  The Work and Type Collections of the Australian Palaeontologist, Professor Dorothy Hill (1907-1997).  Curator Geological Curators’ Group, volume 7, number 2, Pages cover, 1, 51-63.

    Australian Institute of Political Science (now Australian Institute of Policy and Science).  “Queensland Tall Poppies in Science:  Dorothy Hill (1907-1997)”.

    Campbell, Ken.  “Obituary:  Dorothy Hill”.  Retrieved from WISENET Journal, issue 45.

    (1987, December).  Geology Library Fund Appeal honours Professor Dorothy Hill.  Alumni News, 14.

    McKay, Judith. (1997).  Brilliant Careers:  Women Collectors and Illustrators in QueenslandBrisbane:  Queensland Museum.  Pages 47-49.

    Gregory, Helen. (1987).  Vivant Professores:  Distinguished members of the University of Queensland, 1910-1940.  St Lucia:  University of Queensland Library.  Pages 51-58.

    The Australian Women's Register. “Hill, Dorothy (1907 - 1997)”. accessed 2 January 2020.

    Wikipedia. “Dorothy Hill”. accessed 2 January 2020.

    Encyclopedia of Australian Science. “Hill, Dorothy (1907 - 1997).” accessed 2 January 2020.