The 2001 ANZIAM Medal

The Selection Panel for the 2001 ANZIAM Medal proposes that the Medal be awarded to Professor C.E.M. Pearce of the University of Adelaide.


Charles Pearce's research career has included work in a number of fields of applied mathematics, with applied probability being particularly prominent. He has published more than 120 papers, most in refereed international journals, and has been a principal investigator on ARC-supported projects to a total value of about $750,000. His early work was mostly in queuing theory; his contributions are very well known internationally, and he was a pioneer in studies of generalised input structures and networks of queues. More recent work has ranged over a very broad sample of applied mathematics, including operations research, mathematical biology and mathematical methods, especially involving inequalities. His research output has if anything increased in pace over the years, and he is one of the most prolific of Australian mathematicians.

Dr. Pearce has made sustained and outstanding contributions to ANZIAM. He has been a member of ANZIAM since 1985, and in 1987 he became an Associate Editor of the then Journal of the Australian Mathematical Society, Series B. In 1993 he was appointed Editor of that Journal, and since 2000 has acted as Chair of the Editor's Committee on the Council of the Australian Mathematical Society. During his editorship, Charles has very successfully developed the scope and readership of the Journal, and has recently overseen its name transition to the "ANZIAM Journal". Charles has been an active and valuable co-opted member of the Executive of ANZIAM and of the Council of the Australian Mathematical Society during his period as Editor, and has attended almost all ANZIAM and AustMS conferences during that period.

In addition to contributions via ANZIAM, Dr. Pearce has engaged in many activities enhancing applied or industrial mathematics. For example, he as been a Councillor of the Australian Society for Operations Research since 1983 and is presently an Editor of its Bulletin, SA State President and National President. Through his activities for both ANZIAM and ASOR, Charles Pearce has made a singular contribution to Australian applied and industrial mathematics. He is also an Editor of the international journal Mathematical Inequalities and Applications, and of the Australian Mathematical Society's Lecture Series. Charles is a member of several professional societies, and a regular referee for many international journals.

Within the University of Adelaide, as Associate Professor in the Applied Mathematics Department, Charles has promoted applied and industrial mathematics by serving on departmental, faculty and university-wide committees, and external assessment bodies. He was prominent in the establishment of the Teletraffic Research Centre within the Applied Mathematics Department. Charles has supervised more than 20 PhD students, and 6 MSc students, some of whom have gone on themselves to make important contributions to applied and industrial mathematics in Australia or overseas.

Charles Pearce is an outstanding contributor to our discipline, and more than meets the criteria for this award. It is therefore with great pleasure that the Selection Panel recommends that Associate Professor Charles Pearce be awarded the ANZIAM Medal for 2001.

Updated: 11 Jan 2008