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Biographical entry Mercer, Geoffrey Norman (1962 - 2014)

Born
1 June 1962
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Died
12 April 2014
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Occupation
Mathematician

Summary

Geoffrey Mercer was one of Australia's leading applied mathematicians who had the rare ability to combine high-end theory with practical attention to data. His research covered a wide range of areas including bushfire modelling, mathematical combustion modelling and heat transfer, flow through porous media, dispersion and hydrodynamics, and movement in a threat environment. The subjects of his considerable published output varied from agricultural spraying to optimal routes through minefields. Most recently he was leader of the multidisciplinary Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Modelling Group at the National Centre of Epidemiology and Population Health. Mercer played a significant role in the Mathematics in Industry Study Group, the annual workshops of which join researchers, academics and industry and business representatives in seeking solutions to complex real-life problems. He was also active in the Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics Division of the Australian Mathematical Society, holding several executive positions including that of founding Chair of the special interest group in Mathematical Biology.

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? - 1993
Career position - Tutor, Applied Mathematics Department, University of Adelaide
1984
Education - BSc (hons), University of Adelaide
1985 -
Career position - Tutor, School of Mathematics and Computer Studies, South Australian Institute of Technology
1993
Education - PhD, University of Adelaide
1993 - 1995
Career position - Research Associate, Australian Defence Force Academy, University of New South Wales, Canberra
1995 - 2000
Career position - Senior Research Associate, Australian Defence Force Academy, University of New South Wales, Canberra
2000 - 2002
Career position - Lecturer, Australian Defence Force Academy, University of New South Wales, Canberra
2002 - 2008
Career position - Senior Lecturer, Australian Defence Force Academy, University of New South Wales, Canberra
2007
Career position - Editor, Proceedings of the Engineering Mathematics and Applications Conference
2008
Career position - Editor, Proceedings of the Computational Techniques and Application Conference
2008
Career position - Associate Professor, Australian Defence Force Academy, University of New South Wales, Canberra
2008 - 2012
Career position - Secretary, Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics Division
2009 - 2014
Career position - Research Fellow in Infectious Diseases Modelling, National Centre of Epidemiology and Population Health (NCEPH), Australian National University
2013
Award - E. O. Tuck Medal for outstanding research and distinguished service, Australian and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics Division, Australian Mathematical Society
2014
Award - Fellow (posthumous), Australian Mathematical Society

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  • Sidbu, Harvi, Barry, Steve and Marchant, Tim, 'Geoffrey Norman Mercer; born: 1 June 1962, in Adelaide; passed away: 12 April 2014, in Canberra, aged 51', Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society, vol. 41, no. 3, 2014, pp. 168-72. Details

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