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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Women's Hall of Fame Professor proves her mettle doing vital mathematics

The University of Western Australia writes, "It's lucky that The University of Western Australia's Professor Cheryl Praeger is a whiz at maths - she needs to be to keep track of her mounting tally of awards."

Photo: The University of Western Australia

In a ceremony at Government House, Professor Praeger AM FAA was inducted into the WA Women's Hall of Fame in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the education of girls and women in a field once considered the realm of the male gender.

In the Hall of Fame, she joins other eminent WA women including Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi, Professors Fiona Stanley and Fiona Wood and former WA Premier and UWA academic Carmen Lawrence.

Professor Praeger, who was WA Scientist of the Year in 2009 and the first pure mathematician to be an Australian Research Council Federation Fellow, is a member of the Order of Australia.  She established and was inaugural Director of UWA's Centre for Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation.

She is the nation's most highly cited pure mathematician and has been designated a Highly Cited Researcher in international rankings.  In 1983 she was only the second woman in Australia to be appointed a Professor of Mathematics.

Last year Professor Praeger was the first woman to be awarded the Australian Mathematical Society's George Szekeres Medal which honours those who have made an extraordinary contribution to the mathematical sciences over an extended period.

Professor Praeger is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and is Foreign Secretary of the Academy.  She was recently elected an Honorary Member of the London Mathematical Society, joining Albert Einstein.

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Cheryl Praeger (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Source: The University of Western Australia