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Professor Norm Dancer wins Hannan Medal



12 May 2009

Professor Norm Dancer, from the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney, has been awarded the 2009 Hannan Medal from the Australian Academy of Science. The prestigious medal is a career research award for excellence in mathematics.

Professor Norm Dancer with his Hannan Medal from the Australian Academy of Science at the awards dinner held in Parliament House in Canberra on 7 May 2009. Source: Australian Academy of Science. Photographer: Irene Dowdy.
Professor Norm Dancer with his Hannan Medal from the Australian Academy of Science at the awards dinner held in Parliament House in Canberra on 7 May 2009. Source: Australian Academy of Science. Photographer: Irene Dowdy.

Professor Dancer was presented with his medal on 7 May 2009 at an awards dinner held by the Australian Academy of Science in Parliament House in Canberra.

The medal is awarded every two years and cycles through three areas of mathematics: pure mathematics; applied and computational mathematics; and statistical science. Professor Dancer won his for pure mathematics and is only the ninth recipient of the award since the first Hannan Medal was awarded in 1994.

As an expert in nonlinear analysis and nonlinear differential equations, Professor Dancer has made important contributions to bifurcation theory, to degree theory in cones and to nonlinear elliptic partial differential equations and their applications.

He has introduced many new techniques and used them to solve old classical problems, including problems in water waves and combustion theory. His ideas have had a major effect on nonlinear analysis internationally.

"It is a great honour to receive the Hannan Medal," said Professor Dancer.

The Hannan Medal recognises the achievements in time series analysis of the late Professor E.J. Hannan. Professor Hannan had broad interests in the mathematical sciences, so the medal rotates between three areas to reflect his mathematical interests.

The medal acknowledges work carried out during the winner's entire career, with special weight given to recent research.

The previous Hannan Medal winner in 2007, Emeritus Professor Eugene Seneta, is also from the University of Sydney's School of Mathematics and Statistics.


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