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Biographical entry Pearson, Kenneth Robert (1943 - 2015)

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Born
21 August 1943
Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia
Died
12 May 2015
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Mathematician

Summary

Kenneth Pearson is a mathematician who is considered to be one of the few Australian academics who have had a significant on works economics. Between 1970 and 1989 Pearson was at La Trobe University where his research was on ring theory, especially skew polynomials and polynomial matrix identities involving computer-aided solutions to large systems of sparse equations. This led to him developing GEMPACK, economics modelling software that is used by over 600 major financial and banking organisations across the world. GEMPACK facilitates sophisticated economic analysis using thousands of variables and non-linear equations without the requirement for specialist computational expertise and allows easy transfer of models and results.

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1963
Education - BA (hons), University of Adelaide
1964 - 1965
Career position - Tutor in Mathematics, University of Adelaide
1966
Education - PhD, University of Adelaide
1966 - 1967
Career position - Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Adelaide
1967
Award - Fulbright-Hays Travel Grant
1967 - 1969
Career position - Associate Professor of Mathematics, Pennsylvania State University, U.S.A.
1970 - 1989
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, La Trobe University
1979 - 1984
Career position - Deputy Editor, Bulletin of the Australian Mathematical Society
1982 - 1984
Career position - Chairman, Department of Pure Mathematics, La Trobe University
1985 - 1987
Career position - Visiting Senior Research Fellow in Economics, University of Melbourne
1990 - 1998
Career position - Reader and Associate Professor of Mathematics, La Trobe University
1991 - 1998
Career position - Visiting Reader and Associate Director, Centre for Policy Studies, Monash University
1992 - 2007
Career position - Director, GEMPACK Software, Centre of Policy Studies, Monash University
1994 -
Career position - Associate Editor, Computational Economics
1996 -
Career position - GTAP Research Fellow, Centre for Global Trade Analysis, Purdue University, U.S.A.
1999 - 2014
Career position - Professorial Fellow, Centre of Policy Studies, Monash University
2000 - 2004
Career position - Deputy Director, Centre of Policy Studies, Monash University
2006
Award - Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences in Australia
2007
Award - Inducted into Global Trade Analysis Program (GTAP) Hall of Fame
2007 - 2014
Career position - Principal Researcher, Centre of Policy Studies, Monash University
2014
Life event - Retired

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Journal Articles

  • Dixon, Peter and Rimmer, Maureen, 'Kenneth Robert Pearson 1943 - 2015', Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society, vol. 42, no. 4, 2015, pp. 228-31. Details

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