• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE4315

Walker, Alice Ruth

(1917 – 1986)
  • Born 6 March, 1917, Lismore New South Wales Australia
  • Died 17 December, 1986
  • Occupation Academic, philosopher


Alice Ruth Walker was a student and later academic in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney.

Educated at North Sydney Girls’ High School, she matriculated in 1933 and enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Sydney. She graduated with First Class Honours and the University Medal in Philosophy in 1937.

She began her academic career soon after when she was appointed as a part-time correcting assistant in Department of Philosophy in 1937. The following year she was promoted to the position of part-time Demonstrator/Tutor

The years later, in 1941 she received her first full time appointment at the university, that of full-time Assistant Lecturer. She was appointed lecturer in 1944.
1944: Appointed Lecturer

In 1952, she took a year’s study leave to work at the University of London and the London School of Economics, where she mixed with the likes of Karl Popper and Alfred Jules Ayer. Two years later, in 1954 she was appointed Senior Lecturer. In 1960 she took a year’s study leave, worked at the University of Oxford as a “recognised student”.

Alice Walker retired from the University of Sydney in 1972.

Published resources

Archival resources

  • University of Sydney, Archives
    • Personal archives of WALKER Alice Ruth [1917-1986]

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