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PROF John Poynter




  • Emeritus Professor John Riddoch Poynter was Ernest Scott Professor of History at the University of Melbourne 1966-75 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor 1975-90. He has written a number of biographies, including one on the chemist, Sir Russell Grimwade (qv).   


Selected publications


Education and training

  • MA, University of Oxford
  • PhD, University of Melbourne
  • BA, University of Melbourne

Awards and honors

  • Distinguished Friend of Oxford Award, Oxford University, 2012
  • Australian Dictionary of Biography Medal, Australian Dictionary of Biography, 2004
  • Victorian Community History Award, Victorian Community History Award, 2004
  • Centenary Medal of Biography Medal, Centenary Medal, 2003
  • Officer Order of the British Empire, OBE, 1999
  • Officer of the Order of Australia, AO, 1989
  • Chevalier des Palmes Academiques, CHPA, 1980
  • Queens Jubilee Medal, Queens Jubilee Medal, 1977
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 1974
  • Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 1971