An internationally acclaimed mathematician, UWA Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from The University of Queensland (UQ), in recognition of her distinguished service to mathematics, her distinguished career achievement and academic distinction.
UWA Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (EMS), Professor John Dell said the honorary doctorate of Mathematics celebrated Professor Praeger’s significant achievements as Australia's most highly cited pure mathematician and one of the World's top 200 most highly cited mathematicians.
“We are delighted that Professor Praeger has received this honorary doctorate from the University of Queensland to celebrate her achievements, research record and extended contribution to mathematics education,” Professor Dell said.
“Professor Praeger commenced at UWA in 1976, as a Lecturer in the Department of Mathematics. She was appointed to the position of Chair of Mathematics in 1983, making her the second female in Australia to be appointed to the position of Chair in this field.”
“Professor Praeger has also held positions at UWA as Head of the Mathematics Department, Dean of Postgraduate Research Studies, Deputy Dean of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, Chair of the Promotions and Tenure Committee, Chair of the Leadership Development for Women program and was a member of Senate.”
Professor Praeger said she was extremely proud to be awarded the honorary degree.
“It is a privilege to receive this honorary doctorate from the University where I received my Bachelor and Masters Degrees, The years studying at the University of Queensland were my first opportunity to study mathematics seriously,” Professor Praeger said.
“I am pleased to return to The University of Queensland, an institution that has played a key role in my career and celebrate with former colleagues and associates.”
Professor Praeger is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, currently its Foreign Secretary, the first woman president of the Australian Mathematical Society (1992–1994) and was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in 1999.
Professor Praeger will receive her honorary doctorate on December 9, at the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology Graduation Ceremony in UQ’s Exhibition Hall, in front of invited guests and University staff and students.
Professor Cheryl Praeger firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren Humfrey (UWA Faculty of Engineering Mathematical Sciences) (+61 8) 6488 2260