It’s Australia Day again, which means the annual Australia Day honours. Some recipients of note this year in the field of the sciences include:
- Emeritus Professor Cheryl Elisabeth Praeger, now a Companion of the Order of Australia (top left in photo: credit John Henstridge). Professor Praeger has published extensively in group theory and other areas of mathematics, and was the Inaugural Director of the Centre for the Mathematics of Symmetry and Computation at the University of Western Australia.
- Professor Mark Randolph, now an Officer of the Order of Australia (top right in photo: credit UWA). Professor Randolph is a geotechnical engineer specialising in foundation systems for offshore structures such as oil rigs, and has published extensively in that field, as well as holding important academic and other posts. He is a Fellow of The Royal Society.
- The Honourable Patricia Lynne (Trish) White, now a Member of the Order of Australia (bottom left in photo: credit @trishwhiteeng). Trish White has been an engineer, academic, government scientist, politician, cabinet minister, board member, company director, and National President of Engineers Australia.
- Dr Carden Crea Wallace, now a Member of the Order of Australia (bottom right in photo: credit Carden Wallace). Dr Wallace is an expert on corals, and has published extensively in that field, including her book Staghorn Corals of the World. She is also Emeritus Principal Scientist at the Queensland Museum.
Congratulations to all four of these outstanding Australians, and to the many others on the list.
For another perspective:
- Top left: the Petersen graph is the smallest vertex-transitive graph which is not a Cayley graph. One of the many publications of Professor Cheryl Praeger AC constructs other such graphs.
- Top right: an oil rig (photo credit Ken Hodge). Professor Mark Randolph AO is an expert in their engineering, and a Fellow of The Royal Society.
- Bottom left: the headquarters of Engineers Australia (photo credit Bidgee). The Honourable Trish White AM is a past National President.
- Bottom right: a staghorn coral (photo credit Albert Kok). Dr Carden Wallace AM has written a definitive book on Staghorn Corals of the World.