A doctor in every house? The PhD then, now and soon
The PhD is a new degree. Those colour splashed and scarified PhD gowns on graduation days imply a direct link to a medieval past, to learned monks in dark cloisters who thought the day of the colour photograph was close. In fact the links to a distant past are tenuous. The first Australian PhDs were awarded by Melbourne University in 1948. By 1949 all six Australian universities had PhD rules. In 1950 eleven PhDs were awarded within Australia. In 1960 still only 137 PhDs were awarded. For...[Show more]
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