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Ballarat school of Mines

Murray Gillin

The 1954 Ballarat School of Mines (SMB) Students Magazine gives 12 'prominent personalities'. On of them was Murray Gillin with the following statement: 'Prominent on Friday nights, A wizard at Maths IIIA and also applies his genius to driving a Triumph special. He completed a 4 year Diploma at SMB in 1954, today Gillin is Emeritus Professor at the Swinburne University Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship.

In 1979 Gillin was appointed as Dean of Engineering at Swinburne. He set up the world's first Masters Degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Swinburne University in 1989, having always as a special interest in entrepreneurship and wealth creation from engineering and innovation. In 1997 he received an Order of Australia award, and received an Honorary Doctorate from the US Northeastern University for contributions to teaching entrepreneurship. In 2000 Gillin was awarded the Edwin Appel prize for contributions to Entrepreneurial Education by Boston's Babson College, and in 2001 Gillin was awarded the inaugural Best Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year.

Murray is a past President of Engineers Australia and the World Association for Cooperative Education. Retiring in 1998 Murray Gillen became Professor Emeritus of Entrepreneurship and Innovation with Swinburne University.

This biography prepared by Clare Gervasoni, January 2007. If you are able to contribute to this listing please email

Caption: Murray Gillin in 1954 as depicted in the 1954 SMB Students Magazine 'prominent personalities'.