Person: Praeger, Cheryl Elisabeth
Cheryl Praeger is an Australian mathematician who has applied the ideas of symmetry to a wide variety of mathematical problems.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- After leaving school Praeger enrolled in the University of Queensland and completed her four year B.Sc. degree in 1969.
- Between her third and fourth years Praeger spent eight weeks at the Australian National University.
- After completing her undergraduate course Praeger was offered a scholarship to undertake research at the Australian National University but she was also offered a Commonwealth Scholarship to study at the University of Oxford in England.
- At Oxford, Praeger was in St Anne's College and assigned Peter Neumann (son of Bernhard Neumann and Hanna Neumann) as a supervisor for her research.
- At ANU Praeger lived at University House and there she met a statistics research student John Henstridge.
- In 1982 Praeger was promoted to Senior Lecturer, then to Professor of Mathematics less than a year later.
- Praeger has one of the most stunning publication records of any mathematician.
- Examples of papers in which Praeger looked at groups acting on structures are Symmetric graphs and a characterization of the odd graphs (1980) which investigates graphs with large groups of automorphisms.
- Another topic to which Praeger had made major contributions is Computational Group Theory.
- Praeger was immediately interested and she began an important line of research which has made major contributions to Computational Group Theory.
- One of Praeger's most popular lecture topics at a lower level is on mathematics and weaving.
- Praeger has received many honours for her mathematical contributions.
Born 7 September 1948, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.
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Tags relevant for this person:
Group Theory, Origin Australia, Women
Adapted from other CC BY-SA 4.0 Sources:
- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive