Prime Minister's Prize for Science - 2019 Award recipients

Prime Minister's Prize for Science - 2019 Award recipients

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

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Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger has received the 2019 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science for her internationally-acclaimed research in mathematics, including fundamental contributions to group theory, permutation groups and combinatorics.

For more than 40 years, Emeritus Professor Praeger has lived her passion for education and demonstrated an extraordinary ability to foster and inspire others with her love of mathematics, creating a huge body of academic work and an equally large body of service for the generation of new mathematicians in Australia.

“What I love about mathematics is the way that it explains the world. It makes sense of the world. And as our technology advances and our world changes, the mathematical challenges are there, and they continue on and on” Emeritus Professor Praeger said.

The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science recognise achievements across diverse disciplines and career stages. The 2019 Award recipients are:

  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Science: Emeritus Professor Cheryl Praeger
  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation - Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research members - Associate Professor Peter Czabotar, Professor David Huang, Professor Guillaume Lessene and Professor Andrew Roberts
  • Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year Associate - Professor Laura Mackay, Doherty Institute at the University of Melbourne
  • Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year  Associate Professor Elizabeth New, The University of Sydney
  • Prize for New Innovators – Dr Luke Campbell co-founder of nura and inventor of the nuraphone
  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools - Sarah Finney, Stirling East Primary School (SA)
  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools - Dr Samantha Moyle, Brighton Secondary School (SA)

Additional information about is available on the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science website or read Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s media release and his address.

Nominations for the 2020 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science open in early 2020.