Vale Sir Rupert Myers KBE AO

  • Vale Sir Rupert Myers KBE AO

UNSW NSW Canberra is saddened by the death of former UNSW Vice-Chancellor, Emeritus Professor Sir Rupert Myers, KBE, AO, who recently passed away on his 98th birthday. 

Sir Rupert was instrumental in negotiating the first agreement between UNSW and Defence - a 50-year partnership he helped celebrate with UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy in 2017. 

UNSW Canberra Rector, Michael Frater paid tribute to Sir Rupert and his role in the history of the University, saying that it was an achievement which gave him immense personal and professional satisfaction.

“Sir Rupert was one of the first who pushed to provide degree studies to uniformed officers because he believed in the benefits of balanced and liberal education.

“My thoughts, and that of the staff and students at UNSW Canberra, are with his family at this sad time,” he said.

Sir Rupert joined UNSW in 1952 as the Foundation Chair of Metallurgy. In 1961 he became Pro-Vice Chancellor and then in 1969 he became Vice-Chancellor, continuing in that role until 1981. 

Throughout his illustrious career, Sir Rupert held numerous appointments and had been director or chairman of more than 20 boards and foundations, and president, councillor or member on at least another 12 occasions.

Among his honours, Sir Rupert was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in 1981. He was also appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in the 1995 Australia Day Honours for his efforts in promoting innovation and commerce in the fields of science technology and engineering.

Sir Rupert was much admired and his legacy will be remembered.

Family, friends and alumni are warmly invited to attend a Memorial Service to celebrate his outstanding life of service to Australia. This service will be held at the UNSW Sydney (Kensington Campus) in Leighton Hall, John Niland Scientia Building at 1pm on Monday 11 March 2019.

Read more about Sir Rupert’s career and achievements here.