Scientist of the Year

I’ve just got back from the Western Australian Science awards luncheon, and am delighted to report that Cheryl Praeger won the award, and is now officially Western Australian Scientist of the Year for 2009.

It’s quite rare for mathematics to be acknowledged in this way in direct competition with much “sexier” fields such as nanobiotechnology, and in her speech Cheryl emphasized the integral role that mathematics plays in all the sciences, and pointed out that Australia needs to lift its performance in this area given that the percentage of graduates majoring in Maths iss less than half the OECD average.

Congratulations, Cheryl!


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