Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


Maths researchers receive distinguished awards

Wednesday, 17 November 2004

Maths researchers receive distinguished awards

The University of Auckland's Department of Maths is celebrating the success of two its researchers.

Professor Boris Pavlov was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand's prestigious Science Academy, and Associate Professor Eamonn O'Brien was awarded the New Zealand Mathematical Society (NZMS) Research Award at a Science Honours dinner in Christchurch tonight.

Faculty of Science Dean Professor Dick Bellamy says the Faculty is delighted with the researchers' achievement.

"Professor Pavlov and Associate Professor O'Brien's achievements are testament to the quality of their work and a reflection of the research and teaching strength within our Mathematics Department," says Professor Bellamy.

Professor Pavlov is one of 12 new fellows elected by the Royal Society through a rigorous selection process, involving discipline-specific selection panels and independent international review.

In conferring the Fellowship, the President of the Royal Society Academy Council, Professor Carolyn Burns, acknowledged that four of the 12 elected fellows represented the mathematical field.

"Concerns have been expressed over the past decade about declining mathematical skills among young New Zealanders. Therefore, it is very pleasing to see the importance of pure and applied mathematics to research, industry and the advancement of knowledge," says Professor Burns.

Professor Pavlov received the Fellowship for penetrating investigations in mathematical physics, which have led to significant advances in spectral and functional analysis and the theory of Riesz bases.

His international standing is evident through many fellowships and prestigious visiting positions at institutions in Sweden, Czechoslovakia, Germany, France, Austria, Israel and Japan.

Associate Professor O'Brien specialises in group theory and computational algebra.

His award recognises his contribution to the knowledge base on finitely-presented groups, and structural exploration of matrix groups.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Joel Coen's Monochromatic Macbeth

The Bard of Avon may well be smirking up the sleeves of his lace doublet at the irony of Will Smith's Oscar debacle, but now that the initial furore has dissipated, it's worth revisiting the movie for which Denzel Washington was also nominated. More>>

Howard Davis: Kenneth Branagh’s Black & White Belfast

Branagh has assembled a wonderful cast, including Ciarán Hinds, a gently formidable actor who well deserves his Oscar nomination, and Judi Dench, who steals every scene she’s in. More>>

Howard Davis: Dennis Villeneuve’s Dune - A Brief History

So many elements of Herbert’s novel have since become tropes of popular SciFi that Villeneuve’s film sometimes seems deceptively derivative. What makes all this nonsense essential viewing is his astonishing visual sensibility. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which has been republished by Te Papa press. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland