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Biographical entry Cherry, Thomas Macfarland (1898 - 1966)


21 May 1898
Glen Iris, Victoria, Australia
21 November 1966
Kew, Victoria, Australia


Thomas Cherry was Professor of Mathematics 1929-1952 and Professor of Applied Mathematics 1952-1963 at the University of Melbourne. Supervised the installation and operations of the CSIRAC computer from 1956.


Born Melbourne, 21 May 1898. Died Melbourne, 21 November 1966. Kt 1965. Educated Universities of Melbourne (BA hons 1918) and Cambridge (BA 1922, PhD 1924, ScD 1950). Australian Flying Corps 1918; Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge 1923-28; professor of mathematics, pure and mixed, University of Melbourne 1929-52, professor of applied mathematics 1952-63. Lyle medal, Australian National Research Council 1951. Foundation Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1954, Fellow, Royal Society 1954. President, Mathematics Association of Victoria 1929-34, 1946-48; foundation president, Australian Mathematical Society 1956-58; foundation president, Victorian Computer Society 1961-63; president, Australian Academy of Science 1961-64.

Related Corporate Bodies

  • Australian Academy of Science (1954 - )

    Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science 1954 President of the Australian Academy of Science 1961-64 Received the Lyle medal from the Australian Academy of Science.

    Date: 1961 - 1964

  • The University of Melbourne (1853 - )

    Thomas Cherry was a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Melbourne from 1929 to 1963.

    Date: 1929 - 1963

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Thomas Macfarland Cherry - Records, 1930 - 1969, MS 059; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Thomas Macfarland Cherry - Records, 1920 - 1963; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Cross, J. J., 'Cherry, Sir Thomas MacFarland (1898-1966), Professor of Mathematics', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 13, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1993, pp. 410-412. Also available at Details

Journal Articles

  • Bullen, K. E., 'Thomas MacFarland Cherry', Records of the Australian Academy of Science, vol. 1, no. 2, 1967, pp. 97-107. Also available at Details
  • Cohen, Graeme, 'The appointment of the first four professors of mathematics in the University of Melbourne', Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society, vol. 33, no. 1, 2006, pp. 14-21. Details
  • Grimshaw, R., 'An Analysis of the Impact of T.M. Cherry's Work on Asymptotic Expanisons', Journal of Australian Mathematical Society, Series B, vol. 30, 1988, pp. 378-388. Details
  • Love, E. R., 'Obituary: Thomas MacFarland Cherry, 1898-1966', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 31, no. 11, 1969, pp. 392-395. Details
  • Love, E. R., 'Thomas MacFarland Cherry', Journal of the Australian Mathematical Society, vol. 9, no. 1/2, 1969, pp. 1-24. Details

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Thomas Macfarland Cherry


McCarthy, G.J.