The University of Western Australia’s Professor Cheryl Praeger has been recognised with the highest honour in the Australia Day 2021 Honours List – one of just four people Australia-wide to be awarded a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia.
WA’s first female mathematics professor, Professor Praeger was acknowledged for her eminent service to mathematics; to tertiary education; to international organisations; as a leading academic and researcher and as a champion of women in STEM careers.
She joins five UWA staff members and 11 graduates who were recognised in the Australia Day 2021 Honours List.
UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Amit Chakma commended the Australia Day Honours recipients.
"Recipients from UWA recognised in this year’s Honours are inspiring leaders who have made a tremendous difference in their fields, ranging from research breakthroughs to advancements in education and making a difference in the community,” Professor Chakma said.
"To be recognised in the prestigious Honours List is testament to their remarkable work and we are very proud of their achievements.”
A full list of UWA graduate and staff recipients in the 2021 Australia Day Honours List is below:
Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
For distinguished service of a high degree to Australia or to humanity at large.
- UWA Professor Peter Leedman (Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences) DSc '89
- UWA Adjunct Professor Kenneth Fitch (Faculty of Science) MD '75, DSc '07
- UWA Professor the Hon. Trevor Riley (UWA graduate) LLB '70
- Emeritus Professor Mark Randolph (UWA Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems)
- Former Adjunct Professor the late Brian O’Brien (Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences)
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
For service in a particular locality or field of activity or to a particular group.
- UWA Professor Jan Dickinson (Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences)
- Ms Fiona Harris (UWA Graduate) BCom '81
- Mr Gerald King (UWA Graduate) LLB '63
- Dr George Lefroy (UWA Graduate) BE '63, MEngSc '65
- Mrs Frances Lefroy (UWA Graduate) BA '64
- Emeritus Professor John Melville-Jones (UWA Graduate) BA '57, PhD '63
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
For service worthy of particular recognition.
- Dr Robert Braham (UWA Graduate) BMusEd '83, BA '88, PhD '98
- Mrs Wanda Horky (UWA Graduate) BA '72, GradDipEd '73
- Mr Roy Kelley (UWA Graduate) BA '78, MEdMan '99
- Dr David Nelson (UWA Graduate) MBBS '69
- Adjunct Associate Professor John Barrett-Lennard (Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Education)
- Associate Professor Richard Loh (Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences)