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Famous Mathematicians from Australia

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List of notable or famous mathematicians from Australia, with bios and photos, including the top mathematicians born in Australia and even some popular mathematicians who immigrated to Australia. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Australian mathematicians then this list is the perfect resource for you. These mathematicians are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known mathematician from Australia is included when available.

Terence Tao and Patrick Alfred Pierce Moran are included on this list along with many more.

This historic mathematicians from Australia list can help answer the questions "Who are some Australian mathematicians of note?" and "Who are the most famous mathematicians from Australia?" These prominent mathematicians of Australia may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Australian mathematicians.

Use this list of renowned Australian mathematicians to discover some new mathematicians that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
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  • Adam Spencer
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    Adam Barrington Spencer (born 29 January 1969) is an Australian comedian, media personality and former radio presenter. He first came to fame when he won his round of the comedic talent search Raw Comedy in 1996. Soon thereafter, he began working at Triple J, on mid-dawn and drive shifts before hosting the Triple J Breakfast Show with Wil Anderson. He later hosted Breakfast on 702 ABC Sydney. He is a patron of science-related events and programs, including the University of Sydney's Sleek Geeks Science Prize (category in the Eureka Prize). He collaborated with Karl Kruszelnicki for the long-running Sleek Geek Week tour (as part of National Science Week). He hosts events and panels, writes...  more
    • Age: 51
    • Birthplace: Gladesville, Australia
  • Apostolos K. Doxiadis (Greek: Απόστολος Κ. Δοξιάδης; born 1953) is a Greek writer. He is best known for his international bestsellers Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture (2000) and Logicomix (2009). ...  more
    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
  • Brendan Damien McKay (born 26 October 1951 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Emeritus Professor in the Research School of Computer Science at the Australian National University (ANU). He has published extensively in combinatorics. McKay received a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Melbourne in 1980, and was appointed Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Vanderbilt University, Nashville in the same year (1980–1983). His thesis, Topics in Computational Graph Theory, was written under the direction of Derek Holton. He was awarded the Australian Mathematical Society Medal in 1990. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 1997, and appointed Professor of...  more
    • Age: 68
    • Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
  • Charles Edward Miller Pearce (29 March 1940 – 8 June 2012) was a New Zealand/Australian mathematician. At the time of his death on 8 June 2012 he was the (Sir Thomas) Elder Professor of Mathematics at the University of Adelaide....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 72 (1940-2012)
    • Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand