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Biographical entry Potts, Renfrey Burnard (1925 - 2005)

AO, FAA, FTSE

Born
4 October 1925
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Died
9 August 2005
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Occupation
Mathematician

Summary

Renfrey Burnard Potts was Chair and Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Adelaide from 1959-90. Prior to that he lectured at the University of Toronto in Canada (1958-1959) and from 1951 to 1957 (excluding a short stint in the United States of America) was again at the University of Adelaide. He is interested in operations research and transportation science.

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1945
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the Universities of Adelaide
1949
Award - Rhodes Scholar for South Australia
1951
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Oxford, UK
1951 - 1957
Career position - Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Adelaide
1955 - 1956
Career position - Postdoctoral Scientist at the University of Maryland, USA
1957 - 1959
Career position - Associate Professor at the University of Toronto in Canada
1959 - 1990
Career position - Chair and Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Adelaide
1966
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Oxford
1975 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA)
1983 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (FTSE)
1990
Life event - Retired
1991 -
Career position - Emeritus Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Adelaide
1991
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
1991
Award - Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
1994 -
Award - Fellow of the Australian Mathematical Society (FAust MS)
1995
Award - Inaugural recipient of the ANZAAS (Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science) Medal
2003
Award - Centenary Medal received from the Australian Government
2004
Award - Inducted to the Pearcey Hall of Fame (The Pearcey Foundation)

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Published resources

Books

  • Potts, R. B., Transport in Australia: Some Key Issues, Australian Academy of Science, Canberra, 1978, 159 pp. Details

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Journal Articles

  • 'Obituaries', Australian Academy of Science Newsletter, vol. 63, August-November, 2005, pp. 10-11. Details
  • Potts, R. B., 'Mathematics at the University of Adelaide, Part 3: 1944-1958', Australian Mathematical Society Gazette, vol. 12, no. 2, 1985, pp. 25-30. Details
  • Wall, G.E., Pitman, Jane and Potts, R.B., 'Eric Stephen Barnes, 1924-2000', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 15, no. 1, 2004, pp. 21-45. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR03013.htm. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.