Ruth Williams receives Honorary Doctorate

It is my pleasure to announce that Professor Ruth Williams from UC San Diego has received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Melbourne. Ruth's award is richly deserved, and I hope you will join me in congratulating Ruth.  

Ruth's work has been recognised by many honours such as her election to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Australian Academy of Science as a corresponding member. She is also one of a select few who have been invited to speak at the International Congress of Mathematicians. In 2016, Ruth became the first, and to date only, woman to receive the highly prestigious John von Neumann Theory Prize by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.

Since moving to the United States in 1980, Ruth has frequently returned to Australia to visit both her family and the University of Melbourne. During each visit she has made it a point to engage with the staff and students in the School and has been especially supportive of female staff. She is an important role model for women in STEM and plays an active role in the advancement of women in the mathematical sciences through organisation of networking, academic and social events.

Since 2016, Ruth has been an active member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the University of Melbourne-based ARC Centre of Excellence for Mathematical and Statistical Frontiers (ACEMS). As continuing member of its Governance Board from 2015, Professor Williams has also been a very strong international advocate of the Australian Mathematical Research Institute, MATRIX.

A full citation for Ruth is attached below.

Jan De Gier.

Citation in support of Ruth Williams’ nomination for an Honorary Doctorate