Adrienne Clarke

Adrienne Clarke

Adrienne Clarke

Birth : Adrienne Elizabeth Petty (1938-01-06)6 January 1938(age 82) Melbourne,Victoria

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Name Adrienne Clarke
Birth (1938-01-06)6 January 1938(age 82) Melbourne,Victoria
Birth Place (age 82) Melbourne,Victoria
Nationality Australian
Fields Botany,Plant genetics
Institution University of Auckland; University of Melbourne; CSIRO Australia)

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Adrienne Elizabeth Clarke (née Petty, born 6 January 1938) is Professor Emeritus of Botany at the University of Melbourne, where she ran the Plant Cell Biology Research Centre from 1982–1999.


Born in Melbourne, Clarke reports she experienced some sexism as a bright student in the 1950s.


She attended Ruyton Girls' School and entered the University of Melbourne in 1955 where she was a resident of Janet Clarke Hall (then still part of Trinity College) reading Science.


She graduated with an Honours degree in Biological Sciences in 1959, and gained her PhD in 1963.


She worked at the University of Melbourne as Research Fellow (1969–1977), then lecturer, senior lecturer and reader before being appointed Professor of Botany in 1985 and Laureate Professor in 1999.


She retired from the University in 2005.


In 2010 she joined the La Trobe University Council, and succeeded Sylvia Walton as Chancellor of La Trobe University on 26 February 2011.She has also been involved in the commercial sector; she was a director of a number of public companies and sat on a number of boards, including Western Mining, Alcoa, Fisher and Paykel, Woolworths and the AMP Society.


In 1998, in association with three University of Melbourne colleagues, she founded the agribusiness Hexima.


  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE)
  • 1991 Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
  • 1992 ANZAAS Mueller Medal
  • 1993 Outstanding Achievers Award, National Australia Day Council
  • 2001 Centenary Medal
  • 2001 Victorian Honour Roll of Women
  • 2004 Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)
  • Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences (USA)
  • Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (USA)