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Biographical entry Street, Anne Penfold (1932 - 2016)

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Born
11 October 1932
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died
28 December 2016
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Occupation
Mathematician and Educator

Summary

Anne Street was a mathematician specialising in combinatorical designs, binary arrays and Ramsey theory who held positions at universities, both within Australia and abroad, from 1953. She became Professor of Mathematics at the University of Queensland in 1985 and headed the University's Centre for Combinatorics (later the Centre for Discrete Mathematics and Computing). Street was active in professional organisations including the Australian Mathematics Trust and as a founding member and President of the Combinatorial Mathematics Society of Australasia. The Australian Mathematical Society awards the Anne Penfold Street Award.

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1953 - 1954
Career position - Tutor in Chemistry at the University Women's College, Melbourne
1954
Education - Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons)) completed at the University of Melbourne
1954 - 1956
Career position - Demonstrator in Chemistry at the University of Melbourne
1956
Education - Master of Science (MSc) in Chemistry completed at the University of Melbourne
1957
Career position - Tutor in Chemistry at the University of Melbourne
1966
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Mathematics completed at the University of Illinois, USA
1966 - 1967
Career position - Teaching Assistant in Mathematics at the University of Illinois, USA
1967 - 1970
Career position - Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Queensland
1969 - 1970
Career position - Izaac Walton Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow in Mathematics at the University of Alberta, Canada
1970 - 1974
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Queensland
August 1973
Career position - Visitor in the Department of Mathematics at McGill University in Canada
September 1973 - December 1973
Career position - Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Pure Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
1974
Career position - Director of the Combinatorial Mathematics Society of Australasia
1975 - 1985
Career position - Reader in Mathematics at the University of Queensland
July 1980 - August 1980
Career position - Visitor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Reading, UK
September 1980 - October 1980
Career position - Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Manitoba in Canada
November 1980 - December 1980
Career position - Visitor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Illinois, USA
September 1981
Career position - Visiting Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Manitabo, Canada
January 1982
Career position - Visitor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Western Australia
January 1983 - February 1983
Career position - Visiting Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Manitoba, Canada
1983 - 1996
Career position - Member, Australian Mathematics Problems Committee
January 1984 - April 1984
Career position - Visiting Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Manitoba, Canada
April 1984 - June 1984
Career position - Visiting Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Auburn University in Alabama, USA
1985 - 1997
Career position - Professor of Mathematics (personal chair) at the University of Queensland
July 1986
Career position - Visiting Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Manitoba, Canada
September 1987 - December 1987
Career position - Visiting Erskine Fellow in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand
1989
Career position - Director of the Combinatorial Mathematics Society of Australasia
1990 -
Career position - Founding Member, Institute of Combinatorics and Its Applications (ICA)
1990 - 1997
Career position - Director of the Centre for Combinatorics at the University of Queensland
1990 - 2001
Career position - Founding Editor-in-Chief, Australasian Journal of Combinatorics
March 1990 - April 1990
Career position - Visiting Professor in the Department of Algebra, Combinatorics and Analysis at Auburn University in Alabama, USA
1991 - 1995
Career position - Australian Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland
1991 - 2014
Career position - Editor, Bulletin of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications
1994
Award - Bernhard H. Neumann Award, Australian Mathematics Trust
1994 - 1996
Career position - Deputy Chair, Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee
1995 - 2001
Career position - Board Member, Australian Mathematics Trust
1996
Award - DMath (honoris causa), University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
1996 - 2001
Career position - President, Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee
1996 - 2002
Career position - President, Institute of Combinatorics and Its Applications
1997 -
Career position - Director of the Centre for Discrete Mathematics and Computing at the University of Queensland
1997 -
Career position - Professorial Fellow (part-time), University of Queensland
1997
Life event - Retired
1997 - 1998
Career position - President, Combinatorial Mathematics Society of Australasia founding President, Combinatorial Mathematical Society of Australasia
1999
Award - Medal for Outstanding Service, Combinatorial Mathematics Society of Australasia
2014
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to science education in the field of mathematics

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Archival resources

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Biographical cuttings on Anne Street, Professor, mathematician, Cuttings Files BIOG; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Journal Articles

  • Donovan, Diane, 'Anne Penfold Street 11 October 1932 to 28 December 2016', Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society, vol. 44, no. 1, 2017, pp. 33-5. Details

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See also

  • Herd, Margaret (ed.), Who's Who in Australia 2002, 38 edn, Crown Content, Melbourne, 2001, 2020 pp. Details

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