Mathematics Alumnus honoured
Associate Professor Shaun Cooper, of Massey University's Institute for Information and Mathematical Sciences (Albany) is the recipient of the New Zealand Mathematical Society Award. Dr Cooper graduated with an MSc in Mathematics from Auckland before pursuing a PhD at the University of Wisconsin.
The Royal Society citation established Shaun Cooper's world class expertise in number theory, and his reputation for his research emanating from the work of the Indian mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan. His work has applications in statistical physics, cryptography and computation of the number pi.
Read the Massey University article celebrating Professor Cooper's success.
Two other mathematicians were honoured at at Royal Society of New Zealand 2011 Research Honours evening on Wednesday 17 November:
Professor David Murray Ryan (Faculty of Engineering) was awarded the Pickering Medal – for his world-renowned research specialisation in mathematical programming and optimisation theory, and in particular scheduling, timetabling and combinatorial optimisation problems.
Professor Rod Downey, FRSNZ was awarded the Hector meda – for an outstanding contribution to the advancement of mathematical and information sciences.
Several other medals were awarded to top New Zealand researchers.