The 2004 ANZIAM Medal

The Selection Panel for the 2004 ANZIAM Medal proposes that the Medal be awarded to Professor Roger Grimshaw. We cite the following outstanding contributions by Professor Grimshaw in terms of the selection criteria for the medal.


Roger Grimshaw's research career is mainly in fluid mechanics, with emphasis on waves. He has published more than 200 papers, most in refereed international journals, plus 3 books, and 15 book chapters. He has been a principal investigator on more than 20 major external grants (including 14 ARC grants in 1990-2001) to a total value of more than the equivalent of A$3 million. His 1964 Cambridge PhD was in sound waves, but soon after then his interest shifted toward fluid mechanics, where he became and has remained one of the world leaders, especially in nonlinear wave theory, with applications in oceanography and geophysics.

Prof. Grimshaw's academic and professional merit has been recognised by many awards, appointments, and elections to significant bodies. He has been a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science since 1990. He is on the Editorial Board of more than 10 international journals. He is presently (since 2000) Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Loughborough University, UK, and was previously Professor of Applied Mathematics at Monash University (1994-2000; Head of School 1994-1997), and Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of NSW (1986-1992). He was born and received his undergraduate education in NZ, and did his PhD at Cambridge University in 1961-1964, followed by academic appointments at the University of Melbourne as Senior Lecturer (1965-1969) and Reader (1970-1985).

Prof. Grimshaw has made very substantial contributions to ANZIAM. He was active in the informal Applied Mathematics Conference series in the early 1970s that led to the formal foundation of the Division of Applied Mathematics of the Australian Mathematical Society in 1975, and played a vigorous and essential role in the discussions leading to its constitution. He was elected to the Chair of the Division in 1985, serving two years as Chair, and two years as Deputy Chair. He remained active in the Division and in its 1994 successor ANZIAM throughout the 1980s and 1990s, attending most annual Applied Mathematics Conferences, and was Director of the 1988 Conference. He was an Associate Editor of the Division's journal, now called the ANZIAM Journal, in the period 1982-1996. He remains a member of ANZIAM and of the Australian Mathematical Society.

In addition to contributions via ANZIAM, Prof Grimshaw has engaged in many activities enhancing applied mathematics in Australia and internationally. For example, he has served on the Australian National Committee for Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, and has been active internationally in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics via IUTAM as director of symposia and convenor of sessions at ICTAM conferences.

Roger Grimshaw is an outstanding applied mathematician, and more than meets the criteria for this award, both for the internationally acclaimed and respected quality and quantity of his applied mathematical research, and for his invaluable contributions to ANZIAM, especially during its difficult formation and early years. It is therefore with great pleasure that the Selection Panel recommends that Professor Roger Grimshaw be awarded the ANZIAM Medal for 2004.

Updated: 11 Jan 2008