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Biographical entry Horadam, Alwyn Francis (Horrie) (1923 - 2016)

22 March 1923
Scotts Flat, New South Wales, Australia
22 July 2016
Armidale, New South Wales, Australia


Horrie Horadam was a mathematician of international repute whose research interests centred on geometry, algebra and number theory. After nearly 40 years at the University of New England, he retired as Professor of Mathematics in 1987. He served the University as Dean of the Faculty of Science, Head of the Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, and as a member of the University Council for three 6-year terms. Horadam's interest in the teaching of mathematics in schools, stemming from his early career, resulted in a 25-year term as a member of the New South Wales Government secondary mathematics syllabus committee. Among his many publications were well-regarded texts for schools and undergraduates. His contributions in the international mathematics sphere including membership of the editorial boards of Fibonacci quarterly and Notes on number theory and discrete Mathematics for extended periods.



? - 1987
Career position - Professor of Mathematics, University of New England
Education - BA (hons), New England University College
Education - DipEd, University of Sydney
1946 - 1948
Career position - Teaching in New South Wales government schools
1949 - 1959
Career position - Lecturer in Mathematics, New England University College (later University of New England)
1954 - 1972
Career position - Member of Council, University of New England
Education - PhD, University of Sydney
1959 - 1963
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, University of New England
1963 -
Career position - Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of New England
Life event - Retired

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Journal Articles

  • Horadam, Kathy, 'Obituary: Alwyn Francis ("Horrie") Horadam 22 March 1923 to 22 July 2016', Gazette of the Australian Mathematical Society, 45 (1) (2018), 35-8. Details
  • Larcombe, P. J., 'Alwyn Francis Horadam 1923 - 2016: a personal tribute to the man and his sequences', Bulletin of the Institute of Combinatorics and its Applications, 78 (2016), 93-107. Details
  • Shannon, A. G., 'A.. F. Horadam - ad multos annos', The Fibonacci Quarterly, 25 (1987), 100-4. Details
  • Shannon, A. G., 'Alwyn Francis Horadam: the man and his mathematics', Notes on Number Theory and Discrete Mathematics, 22 (3) (2016), 1-4. Details

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