Emeritus Professor Cheryl E Praeger
Started at UWA: 1976
Internationally acclaimed mathematician
The satisfaction and thrill I feel on discovering a new mathematical truth is similar to the excitement of winning at sport. Mathematics helps me understand the universe. Emeritus Professor Cheryl E Praeger
Emeritus Professor Cheryl E Praeger is a multiple award-winning professor and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. Professor Praeger retired from full-time academia at UWA at the beginning of 2017, following 40 years of dedication to the academic pursuit of mathematical knowledge. She now focuses on research and research supervision in her role as Senior Honorary Research Fellow.
During her prestigious career, Professor Praeger won many distinguished awards, recognising her as one of Australia’s leading mathematicians. Professor Praeger was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1996, and served on its Council as Foreign Secretary. In 1999, she was appointed a member of the Order of Australia for her research and service to mathematics in the country.
Many of Professor Praeger’s awards have marked the first time a woman has won the prize. This includes the 2013 Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal of the Australian Academy of Science, of which she was the first female recipient since the Medal’s establishment in 1935.
Professor Praeger was the first woman President of the Australian Mathematical Society (1992-1994), and the first pure mathematician to win an ARC Federation Fellowship (2007-2012). Another outstanding achievement was being the first mathematician named WA Scientist of the Year in 2009, and being inducted into both the Western Australian Science Hall of Fame and the Western Australian Women's Hall of Fame in 2015.
Throughout her noteworthy career, Professor Praeger has held memberships with the Combinatorial Mathematics Society of Australasia, Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications, Australian Mathematics Trust, American Mathematical Society, the London Mathematical Society, and was Chair of the Australian Council of Heads of Mathematical Sciences.
Professor Praeger has been heavily involved in the direction of mathematics within Australia, within her roles as a member of the Curriculum Development Council of the Commonwealth Schools Commission, Prime Minister's Science Council, WA Science Advisory Committee, and WISET Advisory Committee to the Federal Minister for Science on participation of women in Science, Engineering and Technology.
Add to this Professor Praeger’s publishing history, where her mathematical work has been featured in more than 400 journal articles, and you arguably have one of the most successful academics in the southern hemisphere.
Appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to mathematics and as a champion of women in STEM careers, 2021
Elected as an Honorary Member of the London Mathematical Society, 2014
Became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society, 2012
Awarded a Citation for outstanding contributions to student learning, by the Australian Government Office for Teaching and Learning, 2012
Named Western Australian Scientist of the Year – the first mathematician, 2009
First Australian-based mathematician elected to the Executive of the International Mathematical Union, 2006
Professor Cheryl Praeger
Won the Mehdi Behzad Prize of the Iranian Mathematical Society, for management in mathematics, 2015
Won the George Szekeres Medal by the Australian Mathematical Society, and was the first female recipient of the Medal since its establishment in 2002, 2014
Won the Moyal Medal by Macquarie University, Australia, and was the first female recipient of the Medal since its establishment in 2000, 2011
Awarded the Euler Medal of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications, 2011
Received the Centenary Medal of the Australian Government, 2003
Isaac Newton Institute Cambridge
- 'Groups, representations and applications: new perspectives’ (six month program)
Mittag-Leffler Institute Stockholm
- `Modern theory of group actions and the special role of finite simple groups’ (Summer school)
Hausdorff Research Institute for Mathematics Bonn
- `Logic and algorithms in group theory’ (one month fellowship)
ARC Discovery Projects
- 'Permutation groups: factorisations, structure and applications'
ARC Discovery Projects
- 'Finite linearly representable geometries and symmetry'
ARC Discovery Projects
- 'Permutation Groups & their Interrelationship with the Symmetry of Graphs Codes & Geometric Configurations'
Awarded Honorary Doctorate by the University of Primorska, Slovenia, 2018
Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Mathematics by the University of Queensland, Australia, 2017
Awarded the Honorary Doctor of Science by the University of Saint Andrews, Scotland, 2015
Awarded an honorary doctorate in Mathematics Education by Yazd University, Iran, 2015
Awarded Doctor Honoris Causa by the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, 2005
Awarded an honorary Doctor of Science by the Prince of Songkla University, Thailand, 1993
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