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Biographical entry Keats, Reynold Gilbert (Reyn) (1918 - 2014)

15 February 1918
Port Pirie, South Australia, Australia
1 April 2014
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia


Reyn Keats was a mathematician whose research interest was in signal detection, particularly detection of underwater signals using arrays of hydrophones, and computer applications for missile guidance. Much of his work at the Weapons Research Establishment was classified. In 1968 he was appointed Professor of Mathematics at the University of Newcastle. He revitalised the curriculum such the students had wide exposure to mathematics from a variety of perspectives, opening opportunities for employment in industry as well as academia. Among his achievements were the establishment of the Faculty of Mathematics in 1971 and the Summer Schools program for high school students. In retirement Keats increased his activity with the Australian Mathematical Society, of which he was a member, being for some time its Advisor on Public Relations.



1934 - 1940
Career position - Clerk, Savings Bank of South Australia
1940 - 1945
Career position - Served with the Australian Imperial Forces
Education - BSc, University of Adelaide
1948 - 1951
Career position - Research Scientist, Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, United Kingdom
1951 - 1952
Career position - Research scientist, Aeronautical Research Laboratory, Department of Supply, Melbourne
1952 - 1961
Career position - Research Scientist, Weapons Research Establishment, Salisbury, South Australia
1961 - 1967
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Adelaide
Education - PhD, University of Adelaide
1968 - 1983
Career position - Professor of Mathematics, University of Newcastle
1971 - 1976
Career position - Dean, Faculty of Mathematics, University of Newcastle
1977 - 1978
Career position - Deputy Chairman of the Senate, University of Newcastle
Career position - Visiting Professor, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Award - DMath (honoris causa), University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
1980 - 1983
Career position - Dean, Faculty of Mathematics, University of Newcastle
Life event - Retired
1984 - 1988
Career position - Honorary Professor, University of Newcastle
1997 - 2014
Award - Honorary Life Member, Australian Computer Society

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  • Anderson, R. S. (Bob), Giles, J. R. and Joseph, G. A. (Gerry), 'Reynold (Reyn) Gilbert Keats 15 February 1918 - 1 April 2014', Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society, 41 (5) (2014), 297-302. Details

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