History Makers

As part of our 50 Years of Innovation celebrations we’re highlighting some of the people who helped make Curtin the successful, global university it is today. We will be adding profiles throughout the year and hope you enjoy learning about our history makers.

(Content has been drawn from WAIT to Curtin: A History of the Western Australian Institute of Technology by Michael White and Look Ever Forward: A History of Curtin University 1987-2012 by Susan Hart.)

Associate Professor Frank Sheehy

#Curtin Malaysia
#international education

Frank Sheehy was Academic Director and Chief Executive Officer when Curtin Malaysia was first established and played an important role in enabling the campus to become operational. Frank Sheehy’s undergraduate training was in secondary education. After graduate study in the United States he was involved in teacher education and the… Read More

Associate Professor Frank Sheehy
Malaysia

Sir Laurence Brodie-Hall AO

#influential supporters
#leading figure
#WASM

Western Australian School of Mines (WASM) graduate Sir Laurence Brodie-Hall was a leading figure in WA’s mining industry and one of the strongest and most influential supporters of the mining school.  Laurence Brodie-Hall migrated to Australia from London in 1924. He was a prospector in the Murchison and Eastern Goldfields… Read More

Sir Laurence Brodie-Hall AO
Kalgoorlie

Emeritus Professor Odwyn Jones AO

#Order of Australia
#passionate advocate
#WASM

Odwyn Jones was Principal of the Western Australian School of Mines (WASM) at Kalgoorlie for 15 years and one of its most passionate advocates. He began his mining career in Wales and, when he joined WASM in 1976, brought extensive experience in mining education from his time spent teaching at… Read More

Emeritus Professor Odwyn Jones AO
Kalgoorlie

Harry Perkins AO

#Curtin Council
#Curtin Malaysia

As Chancellor of Curtin University from 1996 to 2002, Harry Perkins was instrumental in gaining the support of the Curtin Council for the establishment of the campus in Malaysia.  Harry Perkins’ 45-year career commenced at Bruce Rock in Western Australia as a farmer, and expanded to the boardroom of WA’s… Read More

Harry Perkins AO
Malaysia

Professor Lance Twomey AO

#Faculty of Business
#Malaysia
#sarawak

As Vice-Chancellor and President of Curtin University Professor Lance Twomey was instrumental in the establishment of the Curtin Malaysia campus in Sarawak. The building housing the Faculty of Business in Sarawak has been named after him. Lance Twomey started his career at WAIT teaching physiotherapy, having gained a Diploma of… Read More

Professor Lance Twomey AO
Malaysia

Datuk Patinggi Dr George Chan

#development of Sarawak and Miri
#driving force
#honorary Doctor of Technology

Datuk Patinggi Dr George Chan was a driving force behind the establishment of Curtin Malaysia, and was closely involved in the campus from its first days.  He received an honorary Doctor of Technology award from Curtin University in 2002 in recognition of his efforts in establishing Curtin Malaysia and his… Read More

Datuk Patinggi Dr George Chan
Malaysia

Emeritus Professor Jeanette Hacket AM

#international operations
#Singapore campus

As Vice-Chancellor, Jeanette Hacket was strongly committed to extending Curtin’s international operations. Under her leadership the Curtin Singapore campus was established in 2008. Jeanette Hacket was the first female Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University, a legal practitioner with long-term experience at Curtin in both teaching and senior management roles. She is… Read More

Jeanette Hacket
Singapore