From a young age, Cheryl Praeger loved watching science programs on TV.
When she became aware that every bit of science seemed to be connected with and explained by mathematics, she set her heart on studying the subject. This put her on a path that has seen her become eminent in her field.
Now an emeritus professor at the University of WA, a winner of the Prime Minister’s prize for science and a Member of the Order of Australia, she has been awarded the inaugural Ruby Payne-Scott Medal.
Named after the pioneering Australian radio astronomer, the medal recognises exceptional researchers in physical and biological sciences.
Professor Praeger’s passion for mathematics shines through in conversation.
“When I became a professor, I realised it was…