Emeritus Professor de Kretser served as the 28th Governor of Victoria (2006-2011) and is a distinguished reproductive endocrinologist.
Following completion of his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Melbourne, he undertook a research-based Doctorate of Medicine at Monash University entitled ‘Studies on the structure and function of the human testis’. A NIH postdoctoral fellowship took him to the University of Washington in Seattle combining both chemical and research training in endocrinology. He returned to a combined appointment in the Department of Medicine and Anatomy at Monash University and was appointed a full Professor in 1978. In 1991 he became founding director (1991-2005) of the Monash Institute of Reproduction and Development, now known as Hudson Institute of Medical Research. In 2003, he was named a Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor.
In 2006, Professor de Kretser was made a Companion of the Order of Australia.
Following his term as Governor of Victoria he returned to his research work at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research and as a Sir John Monash Distinguished Professor.
Professor de Kretser is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.