The first female professor
Maureen Brunt came from humble origins but had a mother who pushed for her to receive private schooling. Enrolled in a commerce degree at the University of Melbourne, her love for economics pushed her along in classes dominated by louder and more forceful men. Her first-class honours thesis won her a scholarship to Harvard, where, she remembers, for ‘the first I time I could have an academic conversation with women’.
After stints at Melbourne, Adelaide and Harvard, she accepted Don Cochrane’s invitation to a chair at Monash. Over the next three decades, she became an authority on the legal and economic aspects of trace practices and economic regulation. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from Monash in 1995.