It seems Jane Roberts (nee Sullivan), the wife of George Bush’s Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, went to university in Australia. This is from an article in The Washington Post on 22 July:

After college she won a scholarship from the Rotary Foundation to study at the University of Melbourne in Australia, where she earned a degree in education. Then she went to Brown University, where she got a degree in math, and finally to Georgetown University Law School.

This Catholic website backs it up. Can anyone remember her living and studying in Bleak City?

Crikey loves a good list and as far as education is concerned, our two best were Famous Honorary Doctorates and Famous School Alumni.

However, the latter only only dealt primarily with Australians. Given that education is a $5 billion annual export earner for Australia, there should be a long list of famous foreign alumni in powerful positions around the world.

The wife of a US Supreme Court judge is a pretty good start, and who can forget that Prince Charles attended Geelong Grammar? However, the Crikey army is hereby enlisted to come up with other interesting names, prominent or scandalous, of foreigners who took time out to come Down Under for an education.

People such as Sydney University graduate John Harsanyi, the Nobel Prize Winning Economist and game theory legend who grew up in Hungary, came to Australia to study economics at Sydney University in 1950 and then left for Stanford in 1956 after a stint at the University of Queensland. He later briefly returned to ANU before heading for Berkeley in 1964, as you can see here.

Email all your suggestions for this list to [email protected]

Peter Fray

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