JM Coetzee is SA of the Year Arts winner

Professor John Coetzee (left) after receiving his Honorary Doctorate from the University of Adelaide in 2005.
Photo by Ben Osborne.

Professor John Coetzee (left) after receiving his Honorary Doctorate from the University of Adelaide in 2005.
Photo by Ben Osborne.

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Friday, 4 November 2011

Nobel Laureate and University of Adelaide Professor of Literature John Coetzee has won the Arts Award in this year's South Australian of the Year awards.

Professor John Coetzee received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2003 and his novels Life and Times of Michael K and Disgrace have both been awarded the Booker Prize.

He joined the University of Adelaide in 2002 and, since then, has mentored students in the University's Discipline of English and Creative Writing, School of Humanities.

He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University in 2005 and, recently, lent his name to the University's new J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice.

The winner of the Health Award is an affiliate of the University of Adelaide. Associate Professor John Greenwood is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Discipline of Surgery, School of Medicine.

Associate Professor Greenwood is Director of the Royal Adelaide Hospital's world-class Burns Unit, and has developed a new burns treatment that will drastically reduce the pain, recovery time and treatment costs for burns patients.

The 2011 South Australian of the Year category awards were presented at a special ceremony at the Adelaide Town Hall last night by the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor of Adelaide, Stephen Yarwood.

Winners were recognised in the categories of Arts, Business, Community, Education, Environment, Health, Innovation, Tourism and Sports.

All winners of the 2011 South Australian of the Year Awards were selected from both public and peer nominations. Each year Advantage SA, with the support of the Government of South Australia, recognises inspirational South Australians through the South Australian of the Year Awards.

The Awards celebrate and profile individuals or organisations that have demonstrated a consistent record of excellence and made a positive impact on the State.

 

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