Outstanding alumni recognised with Honorary Doctorates

Jenny Graves

Congratulations to our outstanding alumni who were recognised with Honorary Doctorates this week.

Professor Jenny Graves AC FAA is a globally acclaimed evolutionary geneticist, whose research over five decades has made seminal contributions to the understanding of mammalian genome organisation and evolution. Her leadership and service in this area pioneered the fields of comparative genomics and epigenetics globally and she has been the driving force behind sequencing the first marsupial and monotreme genomes.

Jenny graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science Honours and then a Master of Science in 1967. Her stellar scientific career and intellectual creativity have transformed our understanding of how humans and all vertebrate animals evolved and function. She is also an excellent teacher, mentor and role model for women in science, and has inspired and nurtured dozens of undergraduate and postdoctoral students over her career. She is an outstanding ambassador for Australian science and has built strong collaborative networks throughout her career to connect Australian science to the rest of the world. 

Ian Scobie

Mr Ian Scobie AM is one of the outstanding arts administrators of his generation, who has made a distinguished and significant contribution to the performing arts in South Australia, and nationally, over four decades. 

Graduating from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Arts in 1979, Ian joined the Adelaide Festival Centre in 1983 as a trainee. His varied career since that time has encompassed both an extended period within the not-for-profit sector and twenty-five years as Director of an independent arts management company specialising in high profile events from both Australia and around the world. If you have enjoyed the Adelaide Festival, WOMADelaide, the Adelaide Film Festival, Illuminate Adelaide or a collection of other performing arts events across Australia over the last 40 years, then Ian may well have been the producer, director, or curator behind these productions.

Ian’s contribution has not only involved bringing international dance, theatre and music productions and tours to Australian audiences, but has also promoted Australian acts to the world. Through his creative vision, exceptional management and leadership, Ian has enriched South Australia’s cultural landscape and shaped an invaluable legacy for the performing arts sector in Australia.

The University is proud and pleased to admit Professor Graves and Mr Scobie to the Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University (honoris causa).

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