Thomas Baker Oration

In 2015 the Rotary Club of Melbourne decided to commemorate the contribution of its 9th President, Thomas Baker, to the fields of medicine/science/technology and philanthropy. 

    When Thomas Baker died suddenly in 1928, midway through his Presidency of the Rotary Club of Melbourne, he left a will which very generously supported medical research and philanthropy. This led to the establishment of what became the renowned Baker Institute and the Baker Foundation which provides further medical research funding and general charitable grants. Both these organisations continue the connection with the Rotary Club of Melbourne through the appointment of Baker Foundation Trustees and support for Baker Institute medical initiatives.

The Oration looks to commemorate Thomas Baker by showcasing Australians who have demonstrated leadership and innovation in the fields of medicine/science/technology and industry.

The Inaugural Thomas Baker Oration was delivered on the 20th July 2016 by Dr Alan Finkel AO, Australia’s Chief Scientist.

The Oration has been delivered by:

  • 2016 Dr Alan Finkel AO
  • 2017 Dr Ziggy Switkowski AO
  • 2018 Professor Fiona Wood AM
  • 2019 David Thodey AO
  • 2021 Prof Margaret Gardner AC
  • 2022 Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM
  • 2023 Prof Sharon Lewin AO, FRACP, FAHMS