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Mary Josephine O'KANE

Born: 1954

Special Achievements:

1989-1993 - First Dean of Engineering, University of Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.
In October 1996 she was the first woman, and possibly the youngest, appointed Vice-Chancellor, University of Adelaide.
In 2008, Professor O’Kane became New South Wales’s first Chief Scientist and Scientific Engineer.
2014 - She received the Pearcey Medal "to honour her distinguished lifetime of achievement and contribution to the development and growth of the ICT professions, research and industry."
2016 - Mary O'Kane was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia for her eminent service to science, engineering, and policy development.
2017 - She won the Erna Hamburger Prize, awarded by the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, which acknowledges leading woman scientists who are transforming their field and executing change."
2017 - Dr O'Kane received Peter Nicol Russell Memorial Medal, "the most distinguished engineering prize in Australia."

Additional Information:

1994-96 - Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Adelaide, South Australia.
1996-2001 - Vice Chancellor, University of Adelaide, South Australia.
Bachelor of Science, University of Queensland.
1982 - Doctor of Philosophy, Australian National University.


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    Williams, Thea.  University chief resigns over lack of support.  The Advertiser.  August 7, 2001:6.

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    O’Brien, Susie.  Investigation at uni.  The Advertiser.  August 11, 2001:14.

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    O’Brien, Susie.  Something about Mary.  The Advertiser.  August 11, 2001:65-67.

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    Funds cut tradition.  The Advertiser.  August 11, 2001:66.

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    Mary O’Kane:  a bold vision for Adelaide.  Adelaidean.  October 21, 1996:1, 4.