Maureen Brunt

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Maureen Brunt
Maureen Brunt

The legacy of Emeritus Professor Maureen Brunt AO is profound.

Professor Brunt, who died last year at the age of 90, was not only instrumental in the development of competition law in Australia; she blazed a trail in her field at a time when women were vastly outnumbered in academia.

Only the third woman to hold a Professorial Chair in Australia, she was Monash’s first female professor when she was appointed to the Chair of Economics in 1966. Born in then-working-class Coburg, her grocer parents encouraged her pursuit of education, from Presbyterian Ladies’ College to Harvard University.

A foundation member of the Trade Practices Tribunal, her contribution to her field spanned a vast area: research, academic writing and the celebrated vivacity of her teaching.

Maureen’s bequest will establish a scholarship for students at the Monash Business School to pursue postgraduate studies in Economics and Econometrics.

As Allan Fels, former Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, wrote in Maureen’s obituary in the Sydney Morning Herald, “She did not intentionally set out to shatter any glass ceilings, but her stellar career has left a lasting legacy…No one has a made a more significant contribution to practitioner understanding of competition law than Maureen Brunt.”

Learn more about how you can support education and research by leaving a bequest to Monash.