‘We were encouraged to take part in all academic aspects of school life. Girls Grammar was the start of a lifetime of grasping opportunities as they were presented.’
Professor Praeger completed a Bachelor of Science (with First Class Honours and a University Medal), and a Master’s Degree in Science, both focusing on mathematics at The University of Queensland. She then received a scholarship to attend University of Oxford, where she completed a second Master’s Degree and her PhD. Since then, besides her (earned) Doctor of Science from the University of Western Australia, she has been awarded six honorary doctorates from universities in six different countries across three continents.
In 1983, Professor Praeger become only the second woman professor of Mathematics at an Australian University (UWA). Professor Praeger was the first woman President of the Australian Mathematical Society, the first Pure Mathematician to be awarded a Federation Fellowship, was Western Australian Scientist of the Year (2009), and is the only mathematician inducted into the Western Australian Science Hall of Fame (2015). She was also the first woman to be awarded the Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal of the Australian Academy of Science in its then 83-year history, and the first woman awarded the Australian Mathematical Society’s George Szekeres Medal for her outstanding contribution to research in mathematical sciences.