SPEAKER - Michael Small

Professor Michael Small

Michael Small’s academic career began with a BSc degree from the University of Western Australia in Pure Mathematics where his honours project was on the contributions of Thomas Harriot to the development of European mathematics before Newton.


Michael did a PhD in Applied Mathematics (also at UWA) while working as a research assistant at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. Following a short post-doc at UWA and a brief dalliance applying mathematical models to financial analysis for a bank in South Africa, Michael moved to Scotland, and into Physics.


Here Michael discovered that what he had been doing fell neatly under the umbrella of at least one of computational, theoretical or statistical physics. Completing a post-doc at Heriot-Watt University (almost in Edinburgh) mirrored my PhD in Australia. After three years of haggis and whisky, Michael felt it was time to look for other former British colonies to inhabit.


So, after the millennial Hogmanay, he moved to Hong Kong. At the same time Michael also moved from physics to electronic engineering.


At the end of 2011 Michael won an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship and moved back to Perth and back to UWA where he is currently a Winthrop Professor in Applied Mathematics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics and holds the CSIRO-UWA Chair in Complex Engineering Systems.

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