Professor John Michie

Professor John Michie was one of four foundation professors of the newly formed The University of Queensland, and the first Professor of Classics of the University.

Born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland in 1882, he graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1904 with a Master of Arts with first class honours in classics. His studies continued at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he earned a double in the Classical Tripos and his Bachelor of Arts in 1907. In 1911 he received a Master of Arts from UQ.

Also in 1911, Professor Michie commenced his appointment at The University of Queensland. He designed the Classics Honour program and held a range of board posts in support of both academic and athletic programs. He received a Doctors of Laws honoris causa for his service to the University in 1935.

Professor Michie died at the age of 64 on 23 June 1946. In 1972, the Michie Building, which stands at the western end of UQ’s Great Court, was named in honour of Professor Michie’s dedication to the study of humanities and the classics.


Doctor of Laws honoris causa